Election hopefuls map out their vote-winning policies

Wigan borough's voters will have a handy guide to see where their election candidates stand on key issues from this week.

Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 1:57 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:53 pm
Wigan Today's One Minute Manifesto series starts this week

Ahead of the June 8 general election, the Wigan Post’s website - www.wigantoday.net - is to start its One Minute Manifesto video series.

Each candidate in Wigan, Leigh and Makerfield constituencies has been invited to take part with footage available from tomorrow.

As the series proved successful in 2015, this year’s 13 hopefuls have been tasked with providing a concise 60 second round-up of why they deserve your vote.

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From NHS to Brexit and bin collections to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the videos will hopefully provide a useful method for residents to make up their minds ahead of decision day.

The candidates for 2017 are for Wigan: Mark Clayton (Liberal Democrats), Lisa Nandy (Labour), Will Patterson (Green), Nathan Ryding (Ukip), Alex Williams (Conservative).

Makerfield: Bob Brierley (Independent), Adam Carney (Conservative), Yvonne Fovargue (Labour), John Skipworth (Liberal Democrats).

Leigh: Mark Bradley (Ukip), James Grundy (Conservative), Richard Kilpatrick (Liberal Democrats), Jo Platt (Labour).

The Labour Party remains favourites to maintain its dominant presence within the borough and reclaim the three parliamentary seats.

However, opposition parties’ hopes of cutting down their majority or landing a huge upset have been buoyed by the uncertainty over Labour’s stance on Brexit and concerns over party leadership.

Meanwhile, Ukip’s decision not to field a candidate in Makerfield may see the Conservative vote given a boost.

Keep checking www.wigantoday.net throughout this week for the most current videos.