He was undoubtedly helped by there not being a sitting councillor seeking re-election. The incumbent, Cllr Paul Dowthwate, reportedly told his party leader two months ago that he was not standing for re-election. He cited a number of reasons including a lack of consultation with backbench councillors and the superficial nature of council support for Tameside's communities and the local volunteers who are expected to help these communities.He also criticised the lack of consultation surrounding the decisions on the local library, scout green and the planned sale of the market ground.
More interestingly he refers to "misleading information which characterised the earlier proposals to introduce parking charges".
He also felt that he could not stand on a Labour platform which supported such activity and which he felt would continue. Anyone who supported the community could do nothing else,
Clearly a man of principle. He will be missed.
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