Updated: Wednesday, 24th April 2019 @ 5:46pm

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2012: Tameside Council preview

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2012: Tameside Council preview

By Ben Burrows & Charlie Bennett

Tameside is one of the strongest of Labour strongholds and any betting men or women would be wise to put on money on it remaining largely red this year.

Since it was created in 1973 the council has spent just three years out of the stewardship of the Labour party.

The party currently holds 48 of the council’s 57 seats and most believe that, if anything, one or two more could be turned red before tomorrow morning.

The late Roy Oldham led the borough for 30 years, making him the longest serving council leader in Britain and his party’s dominance would be sure to please him.

New chief Kieran Quinn took over in 2010 has wielded the tax in the borough, handing down the cuts in funding that are being forced upon him by central government.

Mr Quinn is married to the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Susan Quinn.

It seems that despite the tightening of collective belts, it is not Labour who are bearing the brunt of these cuts with residents increasingly displeased with the coalition government’s actions in Westminster.

Indeed last time out in 2011 Labour held on to all 16 seats which were contested and even gained one from an independent.

The Tories took small consolation in the fact that they held on to the one seat they were defending – that of traditional Conservative stronghold Hyde Werneth.

Labour, Conservative and Green Parties are all fielding a candidate in each of the wards with UKIP standing in most also.

UKIP in fact are hoping to overhaul the independents as the third overall party.

Labour will be disappointed not to have a similar result this year and will be keen to add to their tally.

Predictions are that they are targeting independently-held Mossley where popular previous incumbent Roy Etchells is retiring.

One thing that can be predicted with absolute certainty is that the Liberal Democrats will not be making any gains in the borough – the party have, for the second year running, chosen not to enter any candidates.

While you can never say never in politics, Tameside seems a relatively safe bet to be red when constituents wake up tomorrow morning.

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