Three wins in a row for Labour in the North West

The Whalley Range branch Labour team outside campaign HQ

Labour’s Ashley Dalton won the West Lancashire parliamentary by-election yesterday, the third victory in our region following recent elections in Stretford and Urmston and City of Chester constituencies. There was a 10.5% swing from Conservative to Labour compared to the 2019 general election, and it was the worst vote share for the Conservatives since the constituency was created.

Volunteers from Whalley Range branch joined other Labour supporters from Manchester Central and Gorton constituencies, and many others from the NW region and beyond, to help get out the Labour vote in Skelmersdale and the surrounding area on a cold but sunny day.

Afzal Khan MP joins Aftab Razaq for election launch

This morning Afzal Khan (Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton constituency) joined with Councillors Aftab Razaq, Angeliki Stogia and Muqaddasah Bano, and Labour supporters in Manley Park, to launch Aftab’s campaign as the Labour candidate for Whalley Range in the local elections on Thursday 5 May.

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Aftab Razaq selected as Labour candidate for May 2022

Aftab with Bano and Angeliki in Manley Park earlier this year

At their meeting on 21 September, Labour Party members in Whalley Range selected Aftab Razaq to stand as the party’s candidate in the local elections on Thursday 5 May 2022. Aftab has been a councillor since he first stood for Whalley Range in 2011, and this will be the fourth election he has contested.

After the meeting, Aftab said “I’m very humbled to have been chosen again by my fellow Labour members as the election candidate, and I will be starting my campaign straight away, getting out and meeting as many voters as possible between now and May. I urge anyone who has questions to ask or issues to raise with me, to please get in touch”.

Whalley Range Eco-Takeaways Campaign – Update

The research and planning has taken a few twists and turns due to the lockdowns and other issues but we are now at the point where we have a strong strategy in place.

So far:

We’ve identified and surveyed takeaways based in or near Whalley Range. A Google survey was used to identify the types of containers each takeaway is using. 46 responses covered 55% of our initial 35 plus an additional 12 from well beyond the area. The survey results were geographically clustered, perhaps reflecting the reach of our current contacts. We are looking at how to address this.

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Q&A about the boundary changes in Whalley Range

You may know already that local government ward boundaries in Manchester are set to change – we wrote a previous post about this before. This means a number of important changes are about to happen, from who your elected representatives are to how the Labour Party is organised in the city generally, but particularly in Whalley Range. The process is potentially quite confusing, so we have prepared a ‘question-and-answer’ panel which will hopefully address some of the queries raised. Feel free to ask any more questions though, using the comments section. Continue reading