Greens gain their first ever Tameside seat in dramatic night at local elections

There was a couple of shocks in the local elections last night as the Green Party won their first ever seat in Tameside, while Labour snatched the Hyde Werneth seat from the Tories by just five votes.

In Ashton Waterloo, Green candidate Lee Huntbach beat Labour’s Jean Drennan by 140 votes to become his party’s first councillor in the borough.

Speaking after his historic victory, Lee said: “I’m overwhelmed really. We expected it because we worked really hard for it. The residents for the last six months, after the result in the by-election, told me they were up for it. We knew we had the support but we knew we had to put the work in. The work has resonated with residents; it’s all come from them. My campaign has been led by them.”

Labour’s Jean Drennan was standing in place of Lorraine Whitehead, a former Labour councillor who defected to the Greens and was defeated in Ashton Hurst.

Lee, whose main priority now is the completion of the Christ Church 4C Community Centre, said the party will target Waterloo again next year after what he called a “green surge”.

“It’s not just me,” he said. “We had over 700 votes in Dukinfield and we didn’t even campaign there. That’s a bigger surprise than my win.

“The obvious thing is to try and get another councillor elected in Waterloo. We’ve upped our votes in almost every ward, so it’s about becoming that second party in Tameside.”

The most dramatic scene of the night was saved for the end, when Labour gained Hyde Werneth from the Conservatives after a recount.

Shibley Alam became the borough’s first ever Bangladeshi councillor, after defeating the Conservative’s Paul Molloy by just five votes. They were contesting the seat made vacant by former local Conservative leader John Bell’s retirement, who’d held it since 1975.

“I’m really excited that I won,” Shibley said. “I can’t believe it. I’d like to thank the residents of Hyde Werneth for voting for me and my campaign team for helping me.

“It means a great deal to me because to represent the Bangladeshi community in Tameside is a great achievement for me.”

Hyde Werneth saw by far the biggest turnout at 38.7%. Turnout was generally disappointing, with Ashton St. Michael’s the lowest at 22.2%.

Overall, Labour gained one seat and lost another, the Greens gained one and the Conservatives lost one. That now means Labour hold 51 of Tameside Council’s 57 seats. The Conservatives hold five while the Greens now hold one. Five new councillors were elected.

 

Tameside Council election results 2019:

 

Ashton Hurst – 28.2% - LAB hold

Therese Costello

Conservative

 

942

Mike Glover

Labour

1062

 

Lorraine Whitehead

Green

472

 

 

Ashton St Michael’s - 22.2% - LAB hold

Philip Blakeney

 

Green

451

Karen Brooks

 

Conservative

407

Yvonne Cartey

Labour

 

1091

 

 

Ashton St Peter’s - 23.5% - LAB hold

Matt Allen

Conservative

287

 

Trevor Clarke

Green

414

 

David McNally

Labour

1505

 

 

 

Ashton Waterloo - 27.2% - GREEN gain from LAB

Jean Drennan

Labour

 

935

Lee Huntbach

Green

 

1075

Irene Marsh

Conservative

350

 

 

 

Audenshaw - 27.1% - LAB hold

Peter Harris

UKIP

561

 

Charlotte Martin

Labour

1221

 

Danny Mather

Conservative

798

 

 

 

Denton North East - 23.7% - LAB hold

Dawn Cobb

Conservative

554

 

Allison Gwynne

Labour

1064

 

Benjamin Hart

Green

 

360

 

 

Denton South - 26.1% - LAB hold

F’Tang F’Tang Farmin Lord Dave

Official Monster Raving Loony Party

181

Aimee Lumley

Conservative

380

 

Jack Naylor

Labour

1433

 

Jean Smee

Green

 

174

 

 

Denton West - 26.4% - LAB hold

Thomas Dunne

Conservative

 

550

Daniel Spence

Green

462

 

Brenda Warrington

Labour

1440

 

 

 

Droylsden East - 23.8% - LAB hold

Laura Boyle

Labour

 

1001

Hannah Smee

Green

514

 

Matthew Stevenson

Conservative

605

 

 

Droylsden West - 26% - LAB hold

Dot Buckley

Conservative

277

 

Ann Holland

Labour

1061

 

Maurice Jackson

UKIP

570

 

Annie Train

Green

 

432

 

 

Dukinfield - 23.7% - LAB hold

John Taylor

Labour

1039

 

Lucy Turner

Conservative

453

 

Julie Wood

Green

700

 

 

 

Dukinfield Stalybridge - 27.3% - LAB hold

Les Browning

Conservative

 

388

Linda Freeman

Green

251

 

Dave McGovern

 

Stalybridge Town

680

David Sweeton

 

Labour

920

Dave Tate

 

Independent

153

 

 

Hyde Godley - 25.7% - LAB hold

Betty Affleck

Labour

1004

 

Andrea Colbourne

Conservative

720

 

Alice Mason-Power

Liberal Democrats

115

 

Dawn Sheridan

UKIP

335

 

 

Hyde Newton - 22.6% - LAB hold

Michael Baker

Green

425

 

Peter Ball-Foster

Liberal Democrats

245

 

Helen Bowden

Labour

1147

 

Michael Gibbins

Conservative

547

 

 

 

Hyde Werneth - 38.7% - LAB gain from CON

Shibley Alam

Labour

1473

 

Paul Molloy

Conservative

1468

 

Richard O’Brien

Liberal Democrat

206

 

Ian Robinson

Green

322

 

 

 

Longdendale – 26% - LAB hold

Irene Brierley

Green

321

 

Graham Doherty

Democrats & Veterans

236

 

Ben Frost

Conservative

498

 

Jacqueline Owen

Labour

840

 

Lynne Thompson

Liberal Democrat

140

 

 

 

Mossley – 28.3% - LAB hold

Dean Aylett

Independent

736

 

Christine Clark

Green

374

 

Daniel Percival

Conservative

296

 

Taf Sharif

Labour

 

1115

 

Stalybridge North – 25.1% - LAB hold

David Fernley

Green

 

145

Josh Hughes

UKIP

250

 

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