Updated: Thursday, 19th September 2019 @ 4:44pm

Stockport Council Elections 2012 round-up: Lib Dems lose leader Dave Goddard but still in a position to negotiate power

Stockport Council Elections 2012 round-up: Lib Dems lose leader Dave Goddard but still in a position to negotiate power

By Sophia Rahman, Sam Cordon & Kevin Benson

In a night where the Liberal Democrats were leathered across the nation, a traditional yellow stronghold was rocked when the only Lib Dem leader in Greater Manchester lost his seat.

Former Councillor Dave Goddard was narrowly defeated by just 45 votes by Labour’s Laura Booth, who became was elected onto the council at the third time of asking.

Mr Goddard, who was supported by his former charges, was cheered out of the chamber by gloating rivals as he left before the official announcement.

However, his loss turned out to be the only crucial defeat the Lib Dems suffered and will still be in a position to negotiate a power sharing initiative, pending backroom negotiations with other parties.

Goddard started the night with high hopes for his party, saying that: “In the last year I think we've had one vote against us in the meetings, but I don't think there have been any issues for voters this year.”

However, the Lib Dems gained the Manor ward from Labour with 1415 to 1391 votes and Bredbury Green and Romiley 1594 to 1332 votes. The Conservatives held both Bramhall wards and made no gains.

The Lib Dem’s started the night with 29 seats, Labour 17, Conservatives 12, Independent Ratepayers with three and two Independent candidates and an informal partnership with the Independent Ratepayers after failing to win an overall majority in last year’s election. 

Turnout was 7% down from 41% to 34%, despite the councilors predicting the good weather would have a positive effect.

Councillor Paul Moss, who in 2011 was elected in Reddish North provided perhaps the only other controversy of the night after he gave a raucous cheer when the Offerton seat was announced,

Speaking to MM shortly afterward he said of Councillor Goddard: “He has been a shameless leader of the council.” 

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