Salford Labour Councillor, Peter Wheeler, who represents Eccles, has resigned pending a personal move outside of Salford.
Peter Wheeler is a popular councillor, having attended and spoken at many anti-cuts meetings against the wishes of the upper echelons of his local Party. He has also railed against developers avoiding Section 106 payments, while serving as a member of the Council's planning panel.
Councillor Wheeler is an excellent representative of his Eccles constituents, helping the campaign to Save the Crown Theatre, speaking out against the Bedroom Tax before it was official Labour Party policy and opposing the stock transfer of Salford Council housing to Salix Homes.
He was also one of the few councillors to mark the passing of ISIS victim Alan Henning, laying wreaths every year in Eccles town centre, while, last month, he and others in the Eccles Labour Party collected around £600 worth of food and necessities for local food banks.
Many, like the Salford Star, believe that at a local level being a good councillor is more important than blind loyalty to a party. Councillor Peter Wheeler is the epitome of these principles and, for that, he will be missed in Salford as he starts a new life away from the city.
Councillor Wheeler handed in his notice last Friday, and Salford City Council has now posted a 'Notice of Casual Vacancy' on its website. A by-election will be called when two members of the electorate write to the Council to trigger it.
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Main photo shows Councillor Wheeler laying a wreath for Alan Henning in Eccles town centre
Update: 9th August - The by-election has now been called for Thursday 27th September