As the time for registering to vote is quickly running out, Salford's Liberal Democrats have announced that they are running candidates in 20 constituencies in Salford.
The party previously held the position of being the main opposition within Salford with a record 10 councillors under the leadership of Norman Owen (Now with Labour), before being wiped out completely after the ill-fated coalition pairing with the Conservatives which has left them in tatters in Salford ever since.
In 2016 the party failed to run a single candidate in Salford's local elections or even a candidate for elected Mayor but since that time they have been building momentum and showing face again, with this year the party standing once more across the whole of Salford in local elections.
With hopes of gathering in votes from those who wish to remain in the EU and with national calls for a second referendum on Brexit gaining popularity in some areas of the UK, things seem to be looking a little more optimistic for the Liberal Democrats. But will it be enough to win the hearts and minds of Salford once more?
The task may be harder than they think as the City voted clearly in favour of Brexit and their hopes to gain a foothold once more in the City, seem to be based mainly on the hope people have changed their minds.
Adam Slack, Chair of the City of Salford Liberal Democrats said,
“Since 2015 our party membership has been growing steadily and this was given a further boost after the referendum. We are the only party that has consistently opposed Brexit, are yet to be convinced Theresa May will get a good deal for our country and would want the people to decide whether we accept it or not. These elections will be the first time European Citizens living in Salford will be able to express their views in the ballot box along with those who are so unhappy with the Brexit process. A vote for Liberal Democrat candidates sends a clear message.
“But these are local elections and we know that so many people are fed up with the Labour-run council, yet have no faith in the Conservatives who are nationally responsible for the cuts in the block grants given to councils. We heard these issues raised personally from residents in the by-elections in Claremont and Langworthy last year. Stef Lorenz & Jake Overend will be continuing to challenge Labour in these elections.
“I am delighted that in every ward in Salford local residents will be able to vote for Liberal Democrat candidates to provide the opposition our council so desperately needs. We have a diverse team including doctors, the Chair of a local community centre campaign, LGBT candidates and a former Manchester Councillor.”
The full list is as follows,
Barton Rhona Brown
Boothstown & Ellenbrook Ian McKinlay
Broughton Paul Dean
Cadishead Ben Web
Claremont Stef Lorenz
Eccles Guy Otten
Langworthy Jake Overend
Irlam James Blessing
Irwell Riverside Valerie Smith
Kersal Lucas Webber
Little Hulton Lee Westley
Ordsall John Grant
Pendlebury Beth Waller
Swinton South Jade O’Neill
Swinton North Adam Slack
Walkden North Joseph Harmer
Walkden South David Cowpe
Weaste & Seedley Andrew Markham
Winton Stuart Thomas
Worsley Sara Ryder
A full list of ALL candidates standing in the election can be found on the link below.