Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Candidates announced for Tameside council elections
Voters go to the polls again on May 3 to choose their latest batch of councillors. A third of councillor roles are up for grabs.
Labour, which has controlled the council for more than 30 years, is fielding a candidate in each ward, as are the Conservatives and the Green Party.
Like last year the Liberal Democrats have no candidates standing in any of the borough's 19 wards, despite having a councillor in Audenshaw as recently as 2008.
UKIP candidates are also standing in most seats, and there are also a handful of independents, English Democrats and BNP candidates.
Other notable names on the list of candidates include Claire Reynolds who's standing for Labour in Dukinfield Stalybridge - her husband is MP Jonathan Reynolds. His rival Conservative parliamentary candidate Rob Adlard is standing for his party in Longdendale.
Roy West, who was previously a British National Party candidate, is now standing as an independent in Dukinfield.
Those standing are:
Ashton Hurst: Richard Ambler (Con), Leigh Drennan (Lab), Lisa Radcliffe (UKIP), Nigel Arthur Rolland (Green).
Ashton St Michael's: Paul Lee Buckley (Con), Rochelle Rolland (Green), Margaret Celia Sidebottom (Lab), David Colin Timpson (English Democrats).
Ashton Waterloo: Catherine Piddington (Lab), Lee Anthony Price (Con), Peter Taylor (UKIP), Andrew David Threlfall (Green).
Audenshaw: Stuart Andrew Bennett (Green), Gaynor Patterson (Con), Tracy Radcliffe (UKIP), Teresa Ann Smith (Lab).
Denton North East: Gerard Joseph Stephen Boyd (Green), Joanna Herod (UKIP), Rachel Marshall (Con), Denise Ward (Lab).
Denton South: Adrienne Bennett (UKIP), Margaret Downs (Lab), Steve Roden (Con), Carl Simmons (Ind), Noel Woodhead (Green).
Denton West: Michelle Harrison (UKIP), Dawson Lane (Lab), Christine Marshall (Con), Simon Rollinson (Green).
Droylsden East: Robert Charles Booth (BNP), Marr Holgate (Con), Jim Middleton (Lab), Ted Salmon (UKIP), Mark Thomas Stanley (Green).
Droylsden West: Jennifer Louise Ball (Green), Dot Buckley (Con), Gerald Patrick Cooney (Lab), George Mills (UKIP).
Dukinfield: John Cooke (UKIP), Dylan Lancaster (Green), Brenda Roden (Con), Roy Kevin West (Ind), Brian Wild (Lab).
Dukinfield Stalybridge: Amanda Jane Buckley (Con), Michael Keith Fowler (Green), Lyn Misell (UKIP), Claire Reynolds (Lab), Gregory John Shorrock (English Democrats).
Hyde Godley: Joe Kitchen (Lab), Duran Benjamin O'Dwyer (UKIP), Melanie Roberts (Green), Tom Welsby (Con).
Hyde Newton: Rosalind Gauci (BNP), Craig John Halliday (Con), Ian Horton (UKIP), Jacintha Manchester (Green), Peter James Robinson (Lab).
Hyde Werneth: June Gill (Green), Raja Miah (Lab), Stephanie Misell (UKIP), Floyd Anthony Paterson (Con).
Longdendale: Rob Adlard (Con), Damian Patrick Mendea-Kelly (Green), Kevin Misell (UKIP), Adam White (Lab).
Mossley: Dean Tom Aylett (Ind), Christine Clark (Green), Dominic Johnson (Con), Ellie Shember-Critchley (Lab).
St Peter's: Warren Bray (Lab), Trevor Clarke (Green), James William Flynn (Con).
Stalybridge North: Andrew Peter Fogg (English Democrats), Jan Jackson (Lab), Emma Misell (UKIP), Clive Alistair Patrick (Con), Jean Margaret Smee (Green).
Stalybridge South: Dorothy Cartwright (Lab), Doreen Dickinson (Con), Angela McManus (UKIP), John Francis Spiller (Green). Manchester Evening News
So we have a full slate of Labour and Conservative candidates standing in May. It’s disappointing to see UKIP do not have a full slate this year but well done to the Green Party for putting up a candidate in every ward. All the talk on this blog about the BNP collapsing appears to have been spot on as they only have two candidates, down from a high water mark of sixteen or seventeen a few years back. The new kids on the block, the English Democrats have three candidates and two very important community campaigners are standing as Independents, one in the Denton South Ward and the other Dukinfield.
The one to watch this year will without a doubt will be the battle between Labour and Conservative in Hyde Werneth. Labour have played their ace with their candidate choice and the Conservatives will be very lucky to retain this ward. The Conservatives really need to get the message out to their core vote that unless they want a to wake up to a nasty shock on May 4th they must vote, and tell their friends and family to vote too because one thing is certain, if the community to which the Labour candidate belongs believe having him elected will bring direct benefits to them, he is guaranteed a huge block vote which will be added to by the usual dead-head traditional Labour voters.
There is an interesting new article on the Guardian Newspaper Blog from an experienced pollster which is of some relevance when thinking about the permutations of likely voting patterns in Hyde Werneth. Tameside Citizen