Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

Conservative leader of Trafford Council claims council success was due to distancing borough from Coalition government

Conservative leader of Trafford Council claims council success was due to distancing borough from Coalition government

Sean-Paul Doran & Elizabeth Wilkinson

Councillor Matthew Colledge, Conservative Leader of Trafford Council, revealed last night that he believes his party continues to reign in the borough despite national politics.

Speaking after his party lost three seats to Labour in the council elections on Friday, Cllr Colledge said that Trafford residents helped his party hold 10 seats due to their confidence in the council, not in David Cameron’s party.

He said: “We've had a mixed evening but it's probably about what I expected.

“Labour won three seats from us but they thought they were going to come in and seize control of the council and that didn't happen.”

Before the count results were announced, Cllr Colledge said he didn’t expect a change in power but conceded that some wards might undergo a shift in power.

He distanced his council from the increasingly unpopular coalition government and stated it was the council’s that kept them in power, not the party’s allegiance to the Conservatives.

"There's a sense of dissatisfaction with our national politics and I think if our leadership here hadn't been so strong we might have seen more change.

"On the doorsteps people seem very happy with our leadership and there have been no pressing issues brought up during the canvassing,” he said.

He also alluded to the low turnout throughout the borough, down from 43.2% in 2011 to 37.6% this time round.

He echoed the view of Trafford’s Liberal Democrat leader, Ray Bowker MBE, that the national politics of their respective parties have seriously affected their popularity in local elections.

He said: "I'd agree with Raymond's comments about the low turnout. People are increasingly disillusioned with politics and that has been reflected on the turnout tonight.”

Cllr Bowker, who held his Village seat, gave a damning verdict on the level of political interest of an increasingly disillusion public.

He said: "I think it's due to public apathy about politics. The interest doesn't seem to be there anymore.

“People don't know what to believe or who to believe anymore."

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