North East UK news Battle for Newcastle's outer west as election scalp eyed up in Labour territory PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Councils seats west of the A1 in Newcastle could provide some tight results on election night, with voters set to go to the polls on Thursday May 6

North East UK news Battle for Newcastle's outer west as election scalp eyed up in Labour territory PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Councils seats west of the A1 in Newcastle could provide some tight results on election night, with voters set to go to the polls on Thursday May 6

North East UK news  Battle for Newcastle's outer west as election scalp eyed up in Labour territory PremierLeague-News.Com
05 May 2021 - 05:31

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Eyes will be on the outer west on election night in Newcastle this week, as opponents hope to snatch seats away from the city’s Labour leadership. The area west of the A1 is a hotly-contested political battleground, with some of the tightest races in the city. The Chapel ward is already a major stronghold where independents boast colossal majorities, while the last set of local elections saw Labour lose a seat in Callerton and Throckley and survive another couple of strong challenges. It will be a fascinating watch as the results come in on Thursday night for Denton and Westerhope, where Labour held on by just over 100 votes last time out. Since then, the area has been the subject of a number of controversies, including the closure of the outer west’s swimming pool, maligned housing developments, and the proposed pedestrianisation of the Blackett Street bus route that is a key link into the city centre. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that one of Labour’s top figures in the city, transport chief Arlene Ainsley, is standing in the ward this year – instead of her current South Jesmond seat. Her chief opponent is likely to be Tracey Mitchell, who came in second in 2019 standing as a local community candidate and is now standing under the banner of the Newcastle Independents, formerly known as Newcastle First. A common critique of the Labour-run council is that voters in the outer west are too often forgotten, a claim that Coun Ainsley admits is “partly true” – though she says that the furore over the West Denton pool has come up only once while speaking to residents on the doorstep. However, she rejected the notion that residents in the outer west do not care about improvement in the city centre. She said: “The A1 is a road, not a wall. Any investment has to benefit the whole city. I was questioned by one person who told me that the people in the outer west don’t care about investment in the city centre. “I would challenge that - many people in the outer west work, socialise, and shop in the city centre.

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. Mr Smith said: “It is important that the big parties have a challenge in local areas. I would love to say that we will take three seats, but I am realistic. For us, performing strongly and making people sit up and take notice of people in the outer west is the important thing.” A ballot box (Image: PA) The Conservative Party is also talking up its chances in Newcastle, hoping that their lead in the national polls can translate into turning a city council seat blue for the first time since the 1990s. John Dobie, the party’s Callerton and Throckley hopeful, claims there is “immense dissatisfaction” with the current city administration and expects a “close-run” battle on election night. Lib Dem candidate Aleisha Stansfield agreed that voters in the outer west feel “taken for granted” and that their problems “aren’t a priority”. While the area may not be a particular target for the Lib Dems, who are the city’s opposition party, Ms Stansfield added that she hopes whoever is victorious in the outer west seats will be “someone who listens to residents’ issues”. Labour lost a seat in the outlying ward to the Newcastle Independents’ Ian Donaldson in 2019, after a campaign that was entirely dominated by a row over a proposed coal mine which has since been rejected. This May 6 set of elections marks the first time that the Green Party is standing in each of the 26 wards in Newcastle, as it seeks a place in the council chamber. Candidate Tay Pitman said “A Green presence in the council chamber will help push the city towards urgent action on major issues like the climate emergency, something that more and more people are raising with us on the doorstep.” For a full list of all candidates standing in all Newcastle wards in the local elections, click here. Read More Related Articles Local elections 2021: Everything you need to know as the North East heads to the polls Read More Related Articles North of Tyne mayor speaks out to 'totally condemn' ex-Labour councillor jailed for stalking

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