Date: 07/04/2024
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The people of Rochdale, Heywood, and Middleton have faced years of failure and neglect in our Town Hall from this disastrous Labour council. In this year’s local election, the Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in every seat in the borough, and we are calling on people to vote for our candidates across the borough.

The full list of Liberal Democrat candidates can be seen here.

It is clear from Labour’s false claims about backroom deals that they are running scared of their record of years of failure, not listening to local people, and ignoring the genuine concerns of local people across the borough.

  • Labour’s traffic calming in the centre of Rochdale is crippling businesses on Drake Street, with many of them now closed. Their cycle lanes in Castleton has forced many businesses there to close, and now they propose to do the same damage to Heywood Town.
  • Labour’s failure to provide adequate youth workers has left our children in the hands of paedophiles and running county lines.
  • Labour’s failure to provide adequate social care leaves many of our pensioners isolated.
  • It is Labour that run our public transport, and their failure to provide direct bus services either from township to township or from our poorer communities into Manchester so that they can get to work is lamentable.
  • It is Labour who run our policing, with station desks unresourced and an estimated 36 Burglaries a day going unsolved across Greater Manchester.

Day in, day out, people in Rochdale Borough are facing the failures of this Labour council and every vote cast for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to end that failure and provide a fair deal for our community.

Liberal Democrat leader on Rochdale Council, Andy Kelly, said “This nonsense from Labour shows how desperate they are, how useless they are, and how pathetic they are.”

Labour are even shutting the Neighbourhood Forums, set up by Liberal Democrats so that local people can raise issues with local councillors and service providers.

Andy Kelly added “Labour are running scared of facing local people, they are running a failing council, and they are running out of last chances and time.”

“Everyone in Rochdale, Heywood, and Middleton has the opportunity this year to vote Liberal Democrat, and I urge them to do just that.”


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