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SHOCKING LOW TURNOUT FOR ECCLES WARD BY ELECTION AS LABOUR RETAIN SEAT
 

Star date: 28th September 2018

JUST 21% VOTE IN ECCLES BY ELECTION

Out of an electorate of 9,396, only 1,966 people, or 20.92% of those eligible, turned out to vote in last night's ward by election in Eccles.

The Labour Party's Mike McCusker was elected with a majority of 597, as the Women's Equality Party, standing for the first time in Salford, only managed 39 votes.

Full results here...


While the Eccles ward is considered a cast iron seat for the Labour Party in Salford, last night its candidate, Mike McCusker, was elected, with just 20.92% of those eligible turning up to vote.

McCusker received 1,071 votes, compared to nearest rival, Andrew Darlington, who polled 474 votes for the Conservative Party. Meanwhile, Caroline Dean, standing as the first Women's Equality Party candidate in the city, got just 39 votes. The by election also underlined the demise of UKIP in Salford, polling just 100 votes, behind the LibDems and Greens.

The full result was...

Mike McCusker, Labour Party 1,071
Andrew Darlington, Conservative Party 474
Jake Overend, Liberal Democrats 156
Helen Alker, Green Party 123
Keith Hallam, UKIP - 100
Caroline Dean, Women's Equality Party - 39


Total votes: 1,966 out of 9,396 on the electoral register. Majority: 597

Felse Michael J. wrote
at 17:08:54 on 02 October 2018
Yes Ray I do apologise for us not having done a hard Brexit as my hero BoJo was pushing, but we cannot turn the clock back. After my fourth round the World trip and now passing the France into Spain border let me say I hear them all say UK income post Brexit will defo be substantial. I hope the Tory Party will let me stand for the Salford Mayor job to explain why and make Salford prosperously great.

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 14:34:50 on 02 October 2018
Though kingdoms come and go and all is flux,Michael J Felse is still peddling hogwash! Two years after the Referendum where is the promised "Brext Bounce"? Britain is experiencing lower economic growth than the EU. It has been estimated that Brext is costing Britain 500 million a week! Before Felse waxes lyrical about the future,he should apologise to the people f Salford for lying about Brext.

Felse M J wrote
at 12:24:13 on 02 October 2018
I agree with Fed Up. I will write to the Kersal and Boothtown Councillors to ask us to shape a 2020 Vision for Salford. I want us to spearhead amazing changes for our post Brexit Salford. Health, jobs, housing and well-being families as top priorities.

Fed up local wrote
at 07:30:31 on 02 October 2018
That is shocking but it would help if the local news would do abit when by-elections happen and give other parties abit of tv time or news paper time but the manchester evening news is left wing and the granada reports just talk about liverpool all the time. But 20% is a joke and labour can be beat if more turned out but its all the diehard stuck in there old ways people who like living in a scruffy town.

Winston Smith wrote
at 15:07:12 on 28 September 2018
What's shocking is that so many people bothered to turn out when it's a foregone conclusion anyway. Was it a bad night on telly or something? It's ALWAYS going to be Labour around here. For voting to have any point at all, you first need a *democratic system*, which we patently do not have. Political parties and democracy are clearly not compatible. One reason for this is that no independent or local person who really does have local interests at heart can take on the sleazy manipulations of a national party - the national parties have enough power and media influence to flatten any individual who stands against them at local level. All this 'well why don't you stand' or 'if you don't vote you can't complain' is total bollocks party propaganda. The parties know damn well that the system is undemocratic and completely weighted in their favour, that's why they won't even consider changing it to something that would offer a level playing field for ALL candidates. No level playing field = no democracy. On the bright side, it's encouraging that so many people decided not to vote and encourage the party scallywags

Retired Socailst wrote
at 10:29:27 on 28 September 2018
The trouble is Labour have all the tools, the manpower, the finance, and they are proficient at getting out their base. The other parties don't even seem to highlight the issues and the reality is most of the apathetic electorate unless it is affecting them personally they don't give a shit about other peoples plight. The figure comes as no shock Labour would have expected that or near as damn year on year it's the same. What Shocks me is the low vote the Equality party had it seems women voters are happy with their lot sadly

Slurp wrote
at 10:29:03 on 28 September 2018
Shocking!!? What's shocking about the turnout? About right for an LA bye election in this neck of the woods. We are talking about one of the most politically apathetic electorates in the UK . Correct me if i'm wrong but i'm sure the turnout in a recent council bye election in deepest darkest Salford barely got into double figures! And the reason for this apathy? Because since the creation of the dog's breakfast known as the City of Salford the whole shebang has been run by the same party. Substantial parts of the local electorate go long periods without any political representation. Time for proportional representation at local level methinks.

FELSE M J wrote
at 10:28:35 on 28 September 2018
Thank you for giving Labour a broadside. With such disasterous turn out they would see Salford MPs and Mayor re-elections go against Labour. This last warning to listen to people has never been clearer.

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