CONSERVATIVES: CLEARING UP THE MESS WHILE LABOUR PUT THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND

 

Tameside Conservatives are out and about in the borough delivering their latest leaflet, showing the ridiculous stand taken by Labour – to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the mess they left after 13 years of mismanagement and waste in Government. 

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ROB THANKS RESIDENTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

ROB ADLARD WILL CONTINUE CAMPAIGNING FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS

The Conservatives narrowly failed to snatch Longdendale from Labour in yesterday’s by-election.

After the votes had been counted, just 192 crosses separated the two parties from a total electorate numbering approximately 8,500.

Whilst disappointed with the result there is no doubt that residents are increasingly turning to the Conservatives in what was previously a safe Labour seat.

Rob Adlard and the rest of the Conservative team would like to thank residents for their support and congratulate Janet Cooper on her victory.

The Conservatives will continue to hold the local Labour councillors to account.

Longdendale by-election results:

  • Rob Adlard, Conservative – 1,083
  • Janet Cooper, Labour – 1,275
  • Anthony David Jones, BNP – 80
  • Kevin Minsell, UKIP – 67
  • Melanie Roberts, Green Party – 99

If you would like to get involved in the work of Longdendale Conservatives please click here.

VOTE FOR ROB ADLARD – TODAY!

The polls are now open for today’s by-election in Longdendale ward.

Conservative hopes rest with Rob Adlard, who has mounted a strong campaign and led demands for a rethink on the proposed ‘bonkers’ Tesco development for Hattersley. As Rob puts it, if the Tesco store is built it will be, “…the largest Tesco development in the region, built in the middle of the biggest traffic jam in the region.”

Early indications show that the result will be tight. Every vote truly counts today.

So, if you are a Longdendale resident please make the most of your vote – vote Rob Adlard.

For more information about Rob’s campaign please visit: www.longdendaleconservatives.com.

To read Rob’s latest leaflet please click on the images above.

ROB ADLARD SELECTED AS CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE FOR LONGDENDALE BY-ELECTION

Rob Adlard has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the forthcoming Longdendale by-election to be held on Thursday 30th September 2010, which was called following the untimely death of Labour councillor, Roy Oldham.

Rob is the Chairman of Longdendale Conservatives and lives in Broadbottom with his girlfriend Claire. He runs his own retail business and is also a professional musician with the Halle Orchestra.

Rob was Stalybridge & Hyde’s Conservative candidate at this year’s General Election, slashing the Labour majority from 8,500 to just 2,744 with an 8.5 per cent swing, which now makes Stalybridge & Hyde one of the most marginal constituencies in the country.

Rob said, “I am delighted to have been selected as the Conservative candidate for Longdendale. As a local resident I am immensely proud of the area, and along with the rest of the Longdendale Conservative team I have been working hard over the past few years to bring Labour to account and make Longdendale a better place to live.”

Former Longdendale Conservative candidate, Peter Hayes, is working as Rob’s political agent on this occasion. In May, Peter reduced Labour’s formidable majority in Longdendale to just 272 votes, almost ending over 30 years of Labour domination in the ward in the process.

Longdendale is now Tameside’s most marginal ward and every vote will count on the 30th September.

To find out more about Rob’s campaign please visit the Longdendale Conservatives’ website at: www.longdendaleconservatives.com.

If you are a Longdendale resident and want more detail on how to vote please visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/elections.

PRIME MINISTER VISITS TAMESIDE

DAVID CAMERON VISITS ST. PETER’S PARTNERSHIPS & LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN ON FRAUDULENT BENEFIT CLAIMS

CLLR. JOHN BELL WITH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON

David Cameron today met long-term unemployed people in Tameside – and said genuine claimants had nothing to fear from an “uncompromising” government crackdown on benefits cheats.

The Prime Minister visited St Peter’s Partnerships in Ashton-under-Lyne, a scheme which helps the jobless back to work and spoke to officers and the staff they have helped get back into a working environment.

Afterwards Mr Cameron met with Tameside Conservative Leader, Cllr. John Bell to discuss the matter and thank Tameside Conservatives for all their efforts in the recent General and local elections.

Mr. Cameron said; “This [St. Peter’s Partnerships] is a really great social enterprise that helps to get people off welfare and into work. I spoke to a man who’d been unemployed for 10 years. Can you imagine how much that does to his confidence and self-esteem? St Peter’s Partnerships is part of the big society that we want to build in this country.”

Cllr. Bell added, “It was a fabulous opportunity to meet the PM face to face and discuss this excellent venture which is absolutely at the core of the Conservative idea of big society.”

Earlier, Mr. Cameron said the state was entitled to call on outside help to try to reduce the £1.5 billion lost by taxpayers to benefit fraud every year.

He said the country needed to regain the sense that claiming benefits you were not entitled to was “morally wrong”, before and he announced an “uncompromising” crackdown on benefit cheats which will be unveiled in the autumn.

He said reducing the £5.2 billion annual cost of fraud and error would be the “first and deepest” cut in public spending and that credit rating agencies could be recruited to help identify false claims.

Mr Cameron said: “There are some people who are claiming welfare who are not entitled to it and that is just wrong and that should stop. As a country as we start to make savings to get our budget deficit under control the first cut we ought to make is the welfare payments to people who are not entitled to it.

“The system pays money inappropriately to people who are not entitled to it so we have got to make the system work better as well. Both things, fraud and error, go

“In the end it’s taxpayers’ money. People going out to work hard every day do not pay their taxes so that someone can basically claim it fraudulently. That is not right, it is not fair and I want to stop it.”

He added: “In the end, government can only do so much. We also need parents bringing up their children properly, we need citizens behaving responsibly and we need people taking responsibility for themselves for a sense that it is morally wrong to claim money you are not entitled to. We need that sense back in our national life as we grapple with this deficit and try to build a more responsible society.”

THANK YOU FOR VOTING CONSERVATIVE

Tameside Conservatives would like to thank residents who voted Conservative on the 6th May.

GENERAL ELECTION

The Conservatives recorded huge swings from Labour in all three Tameside constituencies.

In Ashton-under-Lyne, Seeema Kennedy recorded a fabulous 7.3 per cent swing from Labour, taking 9,510 votes in the process.

In Denton & Reddish, Julie Searle’s hard work saw the Labour majority reduced with a 6.2 per cent swing to the Conservatives.

However, it was in Stalybridge & Hyde where the most dramatic result was recorded. Rob Adlard reduced Labour’s 8,000+ majority from the 2005 General Election to just 2,744 – a swing of 8.5 per cent that now makes the constituency one of the country’s most marginal seats.

LOCAL ELECTIONS

Over 29,000 residents cast their vote for Conservative candidates in the local elections – over 10,000 more than did so at the last elections in 2008 -giving us a 30 per cent share of the vote.

Across Tameside the Conservatives provided a stiff opposition to Labour, maintaining seats in both Hyde Werneth and Stalybridge South, and coming close to defeating Roy Oldham, the Labour leader, in Longdendale.

The Conservatives remain the only political opposition to Labour in the borough, and will continue to campaign to get the best services and possible for residents.

VOTE LABOUR “FOR UNLIMITED IMMIGRATION”

Spotted at the weekend on Roe Cross Road, Mottram, this Labour poster seemingly displays one of the more truthful statements of Labour’s entire election campaign.

Britain can benefit from immigration, but not uncontrolled immigration. That is why a Conservative government will reduce net immigration to levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands.

To find out more about our immigration policy please click here

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES & ECONOMY

CONSERVATIVES WILL SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES,  CUT CONGESTION & PROVIDE A SKILLED WORKFORCE TO ATTRACT HIGH-TECH ‘BIG’ BUSINESS TO TAMESIDE.

Whilst the trade of large retail companies has boomed in Tameside in recent years, our town centres are fighting a decline in their fortunes, and there are still not enough opportunities for high-tech, high-calibre careers in Tameside.

As Labour’s recession has shown, Tameside is too reliant on the retail market and low paid jobs to make the borough’s economic future secure. As a result, unemployment has increased by 118 per cent in the last two years, average wages in Tameside are still amongst the lowest in Greater Manchester, and the brain drain from the borough continues.

We believe that our local, independent traders need support in order to bring the shoppers back to our town centres, and help Tameside maintain its unique identity.

We also believe that more must be done to attract big business to Tameside, by taking advantage of our proximity to the M60 and improving our transport infrastructure – so that we can truly create the foundations for long-term economic stability and growth in Tameside. 

“As Labour’s recession has shown, Tameside is too reliant on the retail market and low paid jobs to make the borough’s economic future secure.”

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Introduce a managed system of free and low cost parking on council-owned car parks – to attract shoppers back to our beleaguered town centres.
  • Support the expansion of the Metrolink to Ashton – following the hard work of Conservatives on the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority and Association of Greater Manchester Authorities to resurrect the project and get it ‘back on track’.
  • Cut congestion on our roads by:
    • Reviewing our traffic light system and removing traffic lights where they are not required.
    • Reviewing the location of all Tameside’s Gatso and Watchman speed cameras, to ensure that the borough’s cameras are placed in the areas of main priority and are being used for the specific reason they were created, to cut accident rates.
    • Removing unnecessary road obstacles – such as speed humps and road markings – where appropriate, and supported by local residents, to allow traffic to flow freely and reduce the number of congestion bottlenecks.
  • Develop opportunities for business relocation into the borough, and career opportunities for local residents, through established links with our local universities and ‘big business’ and improved education results.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • A resurgence for our towns, congestion cut, and job opportunities with the Conservatives; or,
  • Poor wages and the continued decline of our town centres and infrastructure with Labour.

CONSERVATIVES WILL INCREASE SUPPORT TO OUR COMMUNITIES & RESIDENTS

“Youth annoyance is endemic in Tameside – it is one of the biggest problems to blight neighbourhoods – and elderly and vulnerable residents can feel isolated. So why has Labour made cuts to services like youth provision?”

Youth annoyance is endemic in Tameside – it is one of the biggest problems to blight neighbourhoods – and elderly and vulnerable residents can feel isolated.

So why has Labour made cuts to services like youth provision?

We believe far much more can be done to engage our children, to ensure that they are considered a credit to our community, not a concern.

It’s not only young people that Labour has failed.

With no sense of community, our elderly and vulnerable residents can increasingly feel cut off from the neighbourhoods they have lived in for most of their lives.

This needs to change.

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Establish a new era of Sure Start community centres involving expert organisations with proven track records, to focus on the needs of families, elderly and vulnerable residents.
  • Offer enhanced financial support to community groups that provide assistance to our young, elderly and vulnerable residents.
  • Provide youth workers for every single ward of Tameside, with a greater use of our schools for youth activities in out-of-school hours, ensuring our young people have somewhere to go and something to do.
  • Develop and maintain play areas across the borough to provide better play provision for our children
  • Protect the borough’s playing fields from developers.
  • Remove unnecessary waste in the Social Services budget – to ensure that help is directed where it’s needed most, faster.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • A greater sense of community with the Conservatives; or,
  • Continuing social break-up with Labour.

CONSERVATIVES WILL IMPROVE LABOUR’S BELOW-AVERAGE EDUCATION STANDARDS, RESTORE DISCIPLINE IN OUR SCHOOLS & PROVIDE BETTER VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

“In 2009, 54.5 per cent of Tameside’s school leavers left without decent standards in Maths and English, and almost eight per cent (over 220 young people) left with no qualifications in Maths and English whatsoever.”

Labour has failed a generation of children and teachers in Tameside, providing no more than average standards in education. 

We support the current school building programme, but bricks and mortar do not guarantee improved standards, and year-on-year Tameside’s educations standards exceed nothing more than what the rest of the country considers average.

In 2009, 54.5 per cent of Tameside’s school leavers left without decent standards in Maths and English, and almost eight per cent (over 220 young people) left with no qualifications in Maths and English whatsoever.

For a child, after 11 years of schooling, not to possess decent standards of literacy and numeracy is an utter disgrace on the part of the local authority.

A solid education provides children with the basis for a rewarding and fulfilling life.

It is no coincidence that Tameside has low education standards, whilst also suffering from high instances of under age drinking, endemic youth annoyance, low average wages and high levels of crime. This link must be broken with the end of Labour’s generation of failure and shame.

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Raise standards by putting Maths and English at the heart of every child’s education, aiming to ensure children can read and write by the time they are six years old, and following that commitment through their school years.
  • Ensure every child achieves their potential – whether they are academically or vocationally talented – through a system of streaming.
  • Emphatically support teachers and schools in their efforts to restore discipline in classrooms. No longer will disruptive pupils rule the classrooms.
  • Introduce more vocational courses, and greater partnership work with local businesses – ensuring our children are better qualified to enter their working years.
  • Provide better links with the wealth of university expertise on our doorstep in Manchester, by creating formal educational links with Manchester’s universities and ‘big’ business – providing an inspirational focus for our children’s future aspirations.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • Raised standards, better discipline and more opportunities with the Conservatives; or,
  • Average standards, indiscipline and a failing education system with Labour.

CONSERVATIVES WILL REPAIR THE ROADS & IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT

“…complaints about the bin service and litter make up approximately 43 per cent of complaints to Tameside Council.”

Tameside’s Labour-controlled council has built up a £40million backlog of road repairs – a backlog that has been exacerbated by the heavy snow we experienced over the winter months. As a result our road network is falling apart.

Furthermore, Tameside Labour’s environmental record is rubbish – a failing bin service, endemic fly-tipping, reduced recycling facilities, and an environmental policy that does not appear to go beyond hanging baskets.

Whilst residents have slowly accepted the fortnightly, bin collection service – as a means of increasing recycling rates – its application has been erratic and unpopular. In some instances brown bins have been left unemptied because Tameside Council works on the assumption that up to 30 per cent of brown bins will not need emptying at the same time. So when demand is high, as it was last autumn, the service is unable to cope.

As a result, complaints about the bin service and litter make up approximately 43 per cent of complaints to Tameside Council. Everybody wants higher recycling rates, but people should also expect a refuse collection service that is reliable and effective for the Council Tax they pay.

Furthermore, not enough is done to keep our town centres and streets clean. We will ensure that the cleanliness of our streets is improved.

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Implement a road and footpath repair programme to tackle the £40 million backlog of road repairs built up under Labour in Tameside.
  • Improve the reliability of the bin service, with better supervision of the bin collection.
  • Reassess the managed bin service for flats and terraced properties, and establish improved, alternative arrangements where required.
  • Reduce fly-tipping in the borough by abolishing the £23 charge for the removal of bulky household waste.
  • Provide more recycling facilities and protect them from abuse with CCTV camera coverage.
  • Protect the green belt against developers, and improve the appearance of our borough with a proper system of street cleaning.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • An efficient bin service and better care for our environment with the Conservatives; or,
  • An unreliable bin service, more fly-tipping and less green space with Labour.

BARONESS WARSI BACKS PAUL BUCKLEY

ABOVE: DR. PAUL BUCKLEY WITH BARONESS WARSI

Sayeeda Warsi is backing Dr. Paul Buckley’s campaign in Ashton St. Michael’s.

Baroness Warsi, the Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion & Social Action, recently met up with Paul to discuss his campaign and praise him for his efforts.

Paul has been working tirelessly in St. Michael’s since losing the 2008 local elections by just SIX votes.

Since the last elections, Paul has made a real difference to the area.

He has been:

  • Working to solve parking problems around the hospital and college;
  • Surveying residents around Arundel Street on road safety;
  • Preventing Labour’s closure of our local Post Offices;
  • Stopping Labour’s Congestion Charge on Ashton’s motorists;
  • Consulting residents on the improvements to Stamford Park;
  • Fighting against anti-social behaviour in Cedar Park;
  • Organising an alley-gating scheme on Whiteacre Road;
  • Lobbying the Council to force the owners of derelict properties to make the necessary repairs; and,
  • Campaigning for better gritting of roads and pavements.

Paul said, “It was great to meet up with Sayeeda, and fabulous to get her wholehearted backing for my campaign. We have worked hard in St. Michael’s, and it is pleasing to know our efforts are appreciated by those at the very top of the Conservative Party.”

CONSERVATIVES WILL PUT MORE POLICE ON TAMESIDE’S STREETS & CUT CRIME

“Tameside is now a national hot-spot for burglaries and under-age drinking, and has some of the worst crime figures in the country.”

Despite the millions of pounds spent each year by Labour, crime and levels of anti-social behaviour are unacceptably high in Tameside. 

Tameside is now a national hot-spot for burglaries and under-age drinking, and has some of the worst crime figures in the country.

Last year, official crime figures revealed that burglaries in Tameside had increased by a staggering 41 per cent, and the borough was ranked the 12th worst area in the country for burglaries.

Furthermore, the borough has the fifth highest rate of under-age drinking in the North West, and not a weekend goes by without local neighbourhoods being ruined by gangs of drunken, feral youths rampaging unchecked.

An official government report states that crime in Tameside, “…remains too high. Crime is higher than similar areas,” and, “…Crimes which affect public confidence such as burglary remain too high.”

Residents have had enough of Labour’s inept failure to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Put extra full-time regular police officers on the streets of Tameside via a borough police partnership agreement with the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester.
  • Pay Special Constables – fully trained, fully equipped volunteer police officers – to work at peak periods in crime hotspots, thereby supporting full-time officers and providing extra police presence on the streets.
  • Enhance street lighting, and alley-gating, and provide more mobile CCTV units to be used in conjunction with the police.
  • Establish a Tameside police cadet service, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police, to give young people an opportunity to gain knowledge of a possible future career, as well as gain valuable vocational skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
  • With the assistance of Conservatives at national level, lobby Government to review the 24-hour drinking laws.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • Less crime and more police with the Conservatives; or,
  • High crime and less police with Labour.

CONSERVATIVES PLEDGE TO FREEZE COUNCIL TAX & DELIVER VALUE FOR MONEY

“A Tameside Conservative administration would have rid the council budget of Labour’s waste, and saved council taxpayers over £5.4 million in the last two years – equivalent of up to £45 and £135 off each household’s current yearly Council Tax bill.”

Tameside Labour has wasted millions on failing services and pet projects. We will end this waste of taxpayers’ money.

In the last two years, Tameside Conservatives have identified waste in every aspect of the Labour budget, such as:

  • £803,000 to be spent on public art;
  • £948,000 to be spent on increased propaganda; and
  • £200,000 for the Council Cabinet’s political contingency fund. 

A Tameside Conservative administration would have rid the council budget of Labour’s waste, and saved council taxpayers over £5.4 million in the last two years alone – equivalent of up to £45 and £135 off each household’s current yearly Council Tax bill.

In comparison, under Labour rule, Tameside Council has:

  • Increased your Council Tax bill by five per cent in just two years;
  • Closed Tameside Hippodrome;
  • Increased funding for council propaganda;
  • Embarked on a £803,000 programme of street art;
  • Hiked car park charges; and,
  • Increased the cost of bulky household removal.

Year-on-year your Council Tax goes up to pay for Labour’s waste, but do your basic services improve?

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Freeze Council Tax by ridding the council budget of waste.
  • Offer a discount to households with one or more occupants over the age of 65.
  • Publish on an annual basis ALL expenses, not just some, claimed directly or indirectly by councillors.
  • Freeze councillors’ allowances.
  • Ensure that every service area only spends what it needs to, not what they are given.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • Lower Council Tax and more value for money with the Conservatives; or,
  • Increased Council Tax and waste with Labour.

“SIX STEPS TO CHANGE” LEAFLET NOW BEING DELIVERED TO RESIDENTS

Tameside Conservatives’ “Six Steps to Change” leaflet is now being delivered to households across Tameside, as part of their 2010 local election campaign.

The leaflet complements Tameside Conservatives’ manifesto which was launched last week.

To view the leaflet please click on the image above.

To read Tameside Conservatives’ manifesto please click here.

To find out more about Tameside Conservative’s local election campaign please click here.

“SIX STEPS TO CHANGE”: THE TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO 2010

 

The Tameside Conservatives have launched their ambitious local election manifesto for 2010, and are promising to end Labour failure in six key areas.

The Conservatives are pledging to:

1) Stop the year-on-year rise of Council Tax by ridding it of Labour’s waste and freezing it;

2) Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by putting more more police on the beat in the borough;

3) Tackle Tameside Council’s £40m pothole backlog by repairing the roads, as well improving the environment by tackling fly-tipping and making the bin service more reliable;

4) Support our children by improving Tameside’s below-average education standards;

5) Increase support for our communities by giving greater support to Sure Start, opening new community centres, and developing better youth facilities; and,

6) Support local businesses by providing free and low cost parking in our town centres and ridding our roads of congestion.

These pledges are receiving widespread praise from local residents, who are fed up with Labour’s arrogance, waste and failure.

TO READ TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVES’ LOCAL ELECTION MANIFESTO FOR 2010 PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVES LAUNCH ELECTION CAMPAIGN

 

Tameside Conservatives this week launched their election campaign with a pledge card to local residents.

The Conservatives are promising SIX STEPS TO CHANGE in Tameside after 31 years of Labour mismanagement and failure in the borough.

 Their ambitious programme includes pledges to:

1) Stop the year-on-year rise of Council Tax by ridding it of Labour’s waste and freezing it;

2) Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by putting more more police on the beat in the borough;

3) Tackle Tameside Council’s £40m pothole backlog by repairing the roads, as well improving the environment by tackling fly-tipping and making the bin service more reliable;

4) Support our children by improving Tameside’s below-average education standards;

5) Increase support for our communities by giving greater support to Sure Start, opening new community centres, and developing better youth facilities; and,

6) Support local businesses by providing free and low cost parking in our town centres and ridding our roads of congestion.

Already, door-to-door conversations with local residents are showing that they have had enough of Labour’s waste, arrogance and failure and are backing the Conservatives in their election campaign.

TO READ TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVES’ PLEDGE CARD PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

CONSERVATIVES’ UNEQUIVOCAL SUPPORT FOR SURE START

ROB ADLARD & CLLR. CLIVE PATRICK VISIT RIDGE HILL CHILDREN’S CENTRE

Prospective Stalybridge & Hyde Conservative MP, Rob Adlard, and Stalybridge North Conservative councillor, Clive Patrick, recently visited Ridge Hill Children’s Centre to hear about the great work that is being done for the community.

The centre’s manager gave them a tour, and they heard from passionate staff about the classes, advice, services and support that is available at the centre.

Rob said, “It was such a positive experience seeing how much energy the staff had for the work that they do for the local community.”

“It made me extremely glad that our party leader David Cameron is backing Sure Start and wants to expand Sure Start.

The visit came as the Labour Party in Stalybridge & Hyde delivered leaflets implying that the Conservatives would close the centre.

Their misleading, and misguided, stunt is part of Labour’s overall national tactics to scare people about their future, and con people into voting Labour at the forthcoming elections.

WORKING FOR A CONSERVATIVE TAMESIDE

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This article first appeared on the influential ConservativeHome website on Saturday 22nd August 2009:

Cllr John Bell, the Conservative opposition leader in Tameside, on the fight for lower Council Tax – and the reintroduction of weekly bin collections…

In May 2008, Tameside Conservatives enjoyed their best local election results for 30 years, taking 37 per cent of the vote and gaining seats in two wards; one of which we had not won since 1975, the other never won at all.

In two other wards, we came within seven and 14 votes respectively of adding to our numbers, and in the marginal Ashton Hurst ward we turned a 12-vote majority into a 784-vote romp.

And it proved a shock to local Labour MP, James Purnell, who found that in the eight wards of his Stalybridge & Hyde constituency more people voted Conservative than they did Labour. Stalybridge is now a Conservative town, and Purnell’s recent resignation had more to do with saving his Parliamentary seat than any botched plot to overthrow Gordon Brown.

 Nonetheless, for all our success, at the end of the campaign, when the seats were added up, we were still only left with 10 Conservative councillors compared to the entrenched group of 44 Labour councillors that run Tameside Council.

If the Conservative Party ever felt the urge to make a case for proportional representation they need not look any further than Tameside.

Our present position is a million miles away from the days of the late 1970s, when Tameside Tories controlled the council on the back of a famously successful fight against the Callaghan Government’s introduction of the comprehensive education system.

Since then it has been a rollercoaster ride in Tameside. From the high of 1976, our numbers plummeted to a low between 1996-98 – when there wasn’t a single Conservative councillor in the borough.

However, since those dark days, we have been on the up, and the 2008 results were another step in the right direction, towards the real possibility of further gains in 2010.

With Labour’s recession biting hard in Tameside, we are committed to a programme of ambitious reform in Tameside. However, we face a determined Labour Group obsessed with their image and frivolous, expensive pet projects that aim to court public popularity.

At February’s budget meeting we tabled an amendment that aimed to slash their propaganda and waste from the public purse. This amendment would have frozen Council Tax for 2009/10 and saved over £2.2million, equating to between £23 and £76 per council taxpayer. However, this was rejected by the Labour Group, who voted to carry on regardless and increase Council Tax, as they have done every year since the Council Tax was introduced.

As result, Tameside residents will now have to fork out for dubious commitments, such as:

  • £277,000 earmarked for increased communications spending;
  • £240,000 worth of ‘advanced’ spending with the two local newspapers and one radio station;
  • £11,000 committed to the pointless State of the Area Address; and,
  • £419,000 to be spent on bronze maps, statues, street art, community notice boards and ‘cultural’ developments.

We are committed to opposing such high spending in these areas, whilst delivering better core services; and within our manifesto we pledge to:

  • Reintroduce the weekly black bin collection;
  • Provide a ‘carrot and stick’ approach to community safety and anti-social behaviour by increasing funding for more police officers and pay for Special Constables – fully-trained, voluntary police officers with full police powers – whilst increasing youth provision, something that has been cut in Tameside in recent years;
  • Help local businesses by providing two-hour free parking;
  • Introduce a scheduled programme of road and pavement repair, and street cleaning, something that has a poor record in Tameside; and,
  • Ensure Tameside’s poor education standards are raised by placing a greater emphasis on the teaching of Maths, English and the sciences.

By cutting Labour’s excesses and concentrating on the basics, we believe that is the way in which residents will get the best value for money return on the Council Tax they pay, at a time of economic hardship.

However, our task won’t be easy. With a determined local Labour Party, and lively local minority parties, we will have to ensure our vote isn’t squeezed out if the success of 2008 is to be repeated in 2010 and beyond.

FLOYD THANKS THE RESIDENTS OF DENTON NORTH EAST

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A MESSAGE FROM FLOYD PATERSON

Thank you to all the residents of Denton North East who voted for me yesterday.

While I am disappointed not to have won, I take heart from the warmth of support I received during the election.

 However, the plain truth is simple, we faced a very determined Labour team who could call upon resources that the Conservatives cannot yet muster in Tameside, although that is changing by the day with our increasing membership.

Nonetheless, my campaign team worked their socks off for me, and my wholehearted thanks goes to each and every one of them. In total we delivered over 12,000 leaflets in just three weeks, and knocked on countless doors during the process.

It was a magnificent effort, and proved that the Conservatives are a focussed and unified team – the only credible alternative to Labour in Denton and Tameside.

Unfortunately, in a by-election, situation Labour were able to swamp the ward and residents lost count of the number of Labour leaflets they received. In the end, Labour were able to ‘get out their vote’.

Being new to politics it was certainly an enlightening experience to me! One that I want to repeat as soon as possible!

I congratulate Denise Ward on her victory. While I had my criticism of her campaign, which is outlined elsewhere on this website, I wish her the very best of luck as a councillor, and look forward to scrutinising her work during her term of office.

All that is left for me to say is that this may have been my first attempt to work on behalf of the people of Denton, but it certainly won’t be may last! Thank you.

F.