WHO will get your vote when Tameside goes to the polls on Thursday, May 6?
Residents who are registered to vote can have their say in the local borough elections and also the Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections.
For the local borough elections, one new councillor per ward will be elected from nominated candidates to represent the area on Tameside Council. Residents can have their say for the ward in which they live.
There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).
You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.
Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.
If you registered for a postal vote, you will receive a voting pack in the post including instructions on how to vote. Make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on election day.
The counts for local elections will commence at 11am on Friday, May 7 at Plantation Industrial Estate, Whitelands Road, Ashton-under-Lyne and is expected to be completed by 4pm. Admittance is strictly by ticket only.
To find out more go online: www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/ or call 0161 342 8355.
Here are the candidates standing in Stalybridge South ward:
Doreen Dickinson, Conservative Party
FIRSTLY, I would like to thank our amazing key workers and volunteers who have stepped up to help those in need. 2020 was a terrible year for all of us, but even worse for people that lost loved ones and my deepest sympathies go out to these people.
In the years I have been a councillor for the Stalybridge South ward, I have worked hard to make sure Stalybridge South is a good place to live, listening, supporting and helping wherever I have been needed. I have opposed building on greenbelt and inappropriate development, encourage Homewatch areas, residents’ associations and supported all local community groups.
This election is about the person who will work hard and go the extra mile for you, and I believe I am that person. Vote for me on May 6 and I will continue to look after you and your priorities.
Amanda Hickling, Green Party
I HAVE my own sewing business, teaching and making/altering clothes, and host coffee mornings and fundraising events. My husband and I moved to Stalybridge to start a family and now have two girls.
I am standing as a candidate because I believe Green politics can change our lives for the better.
The Green Party is committed to alternatives to building on our precious green spaces. Looking to tackle the housing crisis through using empty properties, providing better, safer management of properties and better regulation of developments.
We champion better transport planning and safer streets, with the vision that every child can walk, cycle or scoot safely to school, and play outside in clean air.
I believe in challenging the health crisis with better local care services, better funding, more responsible health planning and an end to privatisation.
We have a Green councillor in Ashton and beat the Conservatives in a third of contested wards last time, which proves just how electable we are.
If you want green, vote Green.
Paul Thompson, Labour Party
IT is an honour that Stalybridge South Labour chose me. I know what a warm and mutually supportive community it is, having campaigned hard for it before the pandemic and having volunteered for it as Covid changed so many of its lives.
My first leaflet highlighted how I campaigned for Better Buses in Stalybridge. The work paid off – Andy Burnham has brought buses back into local control which should reduce the rip-off pricing and sudden termination of routes which increase social isolation.
The local Tory response to the pandemic highlighted their self-centred ideology – complaints about the most reasonable restrictions and pointing fingers at ordinary voters when their national party refused to support a motion to feed hungry school children.
The Covid crisis shows how ordinary hardworking people can fall on desperate times through no fault of their own. I believe in communities. We have each other’s backs.
If elected, that’s what I can bring. Action. A fight for social justice and a philosophy missing from councillor representation in Stalybridge South for at least two decades.”