THE RED Rose of Labour romped home in Wigan’s local elections.
Ruling party chiefs noisily hailed five gains as the borough voters backed opinion polls predictions in giving the Governing Coalition party a kicking – but the turn out was just 25 per cent.
Daughters and sons followed their councillor parents into the town hall as Labour won Orrell and Abram.
However, their was some succour for the Lib Dems on a disastrous night nationally when former party National Agent of the Year Coun Rob Bleakley hung onto his Tyldesley seat by 100-plus votes.
The results now mean that Labour now has an overall majority of 54 after an election also notable for the continuing soaring popularity of postal voting.
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said the local elections result had given a clear message to the Tory led Coalition Government that the borough rejects their disastrous economic choices that were putting people out of work.
Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue said: “This was the opportunity for local people to send a message that the Government have the wrong values, wrong priorities and are making the wrong choices and they took it.”
But Conservative Federation Chairman and defeated Standish Tory candidate Michael Winstanley, although clearly down in the mouth with the loss of four seats, insisted that it wasn’t time to press the panic button.
He said: “Unfortunately people are not voting on local issues but they are voting on national issues, which is a shame because what we have been voting for here in Wigan will have a profound effect on their lives for the next four years.”
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