After the passing of Cllr. Ray Walker in August of this year, a By-Election to fill the casual vacancy has been announced for this coming November.
Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Blackfriars and Trinity By-Election Joe Allen has set his stall out ahead of what looks like to be a tightly fought contest.
With this contest coming hot off the heels of the surprise Liberal Democrat gain in Kersal and the staggering result in Quays, many commentators are saying this by-election is set to send another shockwave through the city.
So sorry to hear that friend and comrade Cllr Ray Walker has passed away. Ray was recently re elected as the Labour Cllr for the Blackfriars & Trinity Ward on Salford Council. Me and Ray go back a long way in Unison, he was a staunch socialist and brilliant steward and activist. pic.twitter.com/WXZZaWsPH9
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) August 12, 2021
Earlier this year, Joe campaigned against a 7 story development that would have prevented him and his neighbours having access to light.
A source close to the campaign says: “Whilst one by-election won’t change who runs the council, we see this as a unique chance to ensure residents are truly listened to, and hold Labour-run Salford City Council to account.”
The Liberal Democrats have selected local champion Joe Allen to represent the party.
Notice has been given of the casual vacancy in Blackfriars & Trinity ward, caused by the sad death of Cllr. Ray Walker, so the by-election will be held on 04th November.
Whomever is elected to replace Cllr. Walker will serve until the ordinary May elections next year.
— City of Salford Votes (@Salford_Votes) September 27, 2021
Joe says: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been chosen to be the candidate in this election. It’s clear that our council has let us down, and I’m looking forward to campaigning to Clean Up Blackfriars”.
Having moved to the area years ago, Joe is proud to call Blackfriars his home.
He says: “We all know how fantastic our area is, but I know it can be so much better”
— John Warmisham (@CllrJWarmisham) September 24, 2021
“As we come out of lockdown and our two cities continue to grow faster than ever, this is a real opportunity to shape our future for the better”.
“I want to clean up Blackfriars, protect our green spaces, and fight for a fair deal for our area”
The Blackfriars and Trinity by-election to Salford City Council will take place on 4th November.