Local residents in Walkden have been represented in Parliament by a Labour MP since 1935, with the exception of the two years from 1981-83 when the sitting Labour MP defected to the SDP. It may well be that this long run is set to come to an end – throughout most of the last year, the national opinion polls have shown that on a uniform swing the new Parliamentary constituency of Worsley & Eccles South is set to be a competitive marginal.
Of course, anyone with the slightest interest in electoral politics knows that swings in individual seats are often anything but uniform, so from a Conservative perspective it is encouraging to read today’s in-depth report from PoliticsHome on the situation in marginal constituencies. PoliticsHome have polled and analysed over 35000 voters across the country in marginal seats, looking at local and regional issues in depth, and are predicting a Conservative victory in Worsley & Eccles South as well as many others in the North-West.
This of course ties in with results from the last set of local elections – in the wards making up the new constituency, Conservative candidates had a lead of over 12% from their Labour counterparts. Locally and nationally Labour have let down local residents across the area -in Walkden, Little Hulton, Worsley, Boothstown, Ellenbrook, Winton, Eccles, Barton, Patricroft, Peel Green, Irlam and Cadishead – and only the Conservatives are listening and responding to local concerns. It’s time for a change!