The local elections in Manchester this year are on Thursday 2nd May, and the polls are open from 7am to 10pm. If you may be away that day, or otherwise find it difficult to get to a polling station, why not register for a postal vote? But you need to be quick – the deadline is 5pm this Monday (15th April).
The Labour Party has prepared a simple online wizard to help you apply – you can find it here.
Before last year’s election, the three Whalley Range Labour councillors (Aftab Razaq, Angeliki Stogia and Mary Watson) set out some of the commitments that Labour were making for Manchester City Council in the year ahead, if they were re-elected. One year on, they’ve prepared a detailed report showing how the Council has performed against each of these promises.
In their 2018 election address, delivered to every accessible household in the ward, they wrote:
On Sunday April 7th, Councillor Angeliki Stogia was joined by Afzal Khan MP and a group of local Labour supporters on a beautiful spring day in Alexandra Park, to launch her campaign for the local election to be held on Thursday 2nd May.
“Thank you to everyone who came along to help me kick off my campaign” said Angeliki. “There’s a lot of uncertainty and disillusionment with politics at the moment, especially to do with Brexit. But I don’t want to lose sight of the things that matter – listening to local residents, supporting local volunteers, and doing my best to make things better here in Whalley Range”.
Afzal Khan, Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton (which covers most of this ward) is inviting all Whalley Range residents to an informal ‘Meet your MP’ coffee morning. It will take place on Saturday 16 March at 10.30am (until 12 noon), and the venue is St Edmund’s Church Hall, Alexandra Road South, M16 8EZ – between Mayfield Rd and Range Rd. You will have an opportunity to raise your views and concerns to your representative in Parliament, as well as to local councillors who will also be present.
Many local residents in Whalley Range make good use of the mixed sports and gym facilities (including 5-a-side football pitches) on the Whalley Range 11-18 High School campus, which are shared with the school and Manchester Magic and Mystics Basketball Club. Following a period of uncertainty (when the previous operators Powerleague announced they were withdrawing) the Council have now appointed GLL to take over at the end of February, following submissions by four organisations.
Councillor Angeliki Stogia says “I’m very pleased to hear this news. Aftab, Mary and myself have been in close contact with Sport and Leisure Services since several local residents were in touch about the situation. We’ll continue to keep an eye on things while the transition takes place.”