Election 24

“It would be massive”: Labour politicians react to predicted win in Altrincham and Sale West

Senior Labour figures have expressed optimism for Labour’s chances in the Trafford constituency of Altrincham and Sale West – which could have a Labour MP at the end of tonight for the first time since 1923.

Kate Green, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime – and the Labour MP of neighbouring Stretford and Urmston until 2022 – said: “The exit poll is obviously giving us great cause for optimism.

“It will be a very big result for us if we can take Altrincham and Sale West.

“Five, 10, 15 years ago, we never thought it was a seat that could ever come to us.”

The Labour candidate there is Connor Rand, who Green predicted will be ‘a really hard-working MP’.

Trafford Council leader Tom Ross likewise said he was ‘absolutely thrilled’.

On the prospect of having a Labour representative for the area for the first time since 1923, he said: “It would be massive.

“When I first got into politics, it was the 1997 election and I remember coming to the count in 1997 and seeing my great friend Jane Baugh almost make it within about 1,500 votes of making it.

“It would be a stunning result for us in Altrincham and Sale West and it would be a deserved result for not just us but all the hard-working activists.

“And I know if Connor Rand is elected he would be a superb MP. Connor is already working with community groups in Altrincham and Sale West.

Trafford Council leader Tom Ross. Photo by Will Comish

“If he is elected, he will want to work with all the residents across the constituency – doing what has been happening in the constituency of Stretford and Urmston for a very long time with Beverley Hughes, Kate Green and now Andrew Western, who are all incredibly focused, hard-working MPs.

“We have been very fortunate in Trafford to have a good record of MPs that we send to Parliament with a Labour badge.”

Labour is currently forecast to win all three parliamentary seats in Trafford, although the results are only likely to be announced at around 4am.

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