COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2011: Can an already Labour dominated Tameside turn all red?

By Tom Midlane & Jamie Holt

In Labour dominated Tameside, speculation is mounting that they could oust the Conservative Leader, John Bell, from his Hyde Werneth seat.

Labour currently holds 16 of the 19 wards, whilst the conservatives hold two, the other being strong Tory ward Stalybridge South.

John Bell was adamant both would remain in Tory hands.

“We’re defending only two seats I’m quietly confident we will retain those two seats,” he said.

“I’m hoping we are going to do well and I’m sure we will.”

Labour candidate for Hyde Werneth, Raja Miah, said his campaign had gone fantastically well, but refused to comment on the rumours.

He said: “I think we deserve to win. We are very hopeful. It’s very close but it’s not going to be a hammering.”

The Tories are likely to hold Stalybridge South however, with current incumbent David Buckley likely to hold off late Labour entry Stuart Green.

Councillor Buckley said: “I think the conservative vote will hold up. I don’t think we’ll have a problem.”

Councillor Green was less confident of his chances of challenging the conservative stronghold, having only been giving the candidacy 6 weeks ago.

“If I could actually cut into their majority from last time, I think that says a lot about the dissatisfaction with the Tories, I think it would be quite remarkable if I did,” he said.


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