Aftab wins Whalley Range for Labour

Angeliki, Bano, Afzal Khan MP and local supporter Jaffar with Aftab at the election count

The Labour Party candidate Aftab Razaq has won another four year term as one of three Manchester City Councillors representing the ward of Whalley Range. The full result of the election (on a turnout of 30%) was:

MCGUINESS, AndrewLiberal Democrat Party174
POTTER, LauraGreen Party721
RAZAQ, AftabLabour Party2,318
SHAHID, M OmarConservative Party173

Aftab says “It has been a great honour to serve the residents of Whalley Range for the last eleven years, and thanks to the help of many friends and supporters, it is a privilege to have been chosen as councillor for another term. My colleagues Angeliki and Bano and I work as a team for the whole community. We do not take anyone for granted. We work hard, but we know that problems still arise, and there is always more that we can do. Please contact me or my fellow Councillors if there is anything you would like to discuss with us”.

Vote Labour, vote Aftab Razaq in Whalley Range today

Today is election day. The Whalley Range Labour candidate, Aftab Razaq, says “A vote for Labour is a vote for a strong council in Manchester which can stand up to the Tory government in Westminster. I hope you will support me, and my fellow Labour candidates across the city today – but whoever you support, for the sake of our democracy please remember to vote!”

More information about how to vote, including returning a postal vote if you haven’t sent it back yet, can be found in yesterday’s post.

Thursday is Election Day – vote for Aftab RAZAQ

Tomorrow – Thursday 5 May – is local election day across Manchester and much of the country. The Labour candidate in Whalley Range ward is Aftab Razaq – a vote for Aftab is a vote for a strong Labour council in Manchester standing up to the Conservative government in Westminster. Remember:

  • Polling stations are open from 7am in the morning until 10pm at night
  • You don’t need your polling card or any ID in order to vote – just go to your polling station and give your name and address
  • If you don’t know your polling station, visit manchester.gov.uk/pollingstations
  • If you’re a postal voter and you haven’t returned your postal vote yet, you can complete it now and take it to any polling station in Manchester on election day before 10pm

Deadline coming soon for postal vote applications

The local elections in Manchester (including Whalley Range ward) are on Thursday 5 May this year. If you may be busy on that day and unable to get to your polling station in person to cast your vote, you can apply to vote by post instead – but the application must be submitted before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

All the information about how to apply, and links to download the form you need, can be found on the Manchester City Council website here.

Improving safety and reducing pollution outside schools

Aftab joins volunteers at the recent temporary closure on Springbridge Rd

At their full meeting earlier today, Manchester City councillors discussed and agreed a range of measures to do more to enable children (and their parents) to walk or cycle safely to and from school, reducing car usage together with the problems of parking, pollution and accidental danger which come with the ‘school run’.

Whalley Range Labour councillor Aftab Razaq spoke at the meeting. He noted the contribution of local schools and volunteers, including the Whalley Range WalkRide and Climate Action groups, in organising temporary street closures outside several Whalley Range schools in recent weeks. “When the roads are closed to non-essential traffic, even just for one day, it allows parents and pupils to see for themselves all the potential benefits of fewer cars” he says.

You can watch Aftab’s speech in Council here.