Salford local elections.

Tomorrow is May 5th, the day of the United Kingdom’s local authority elections – here’s what Salford residents will need to know and look out for before voting. 

Policies of the parties you are voting for:


Salford’s Labour Party are running on equality and fairness for working-class households and making Salford a more family-friendly area. For example, Weaste and Seedley candidate Alexis Shama promised to support more social housing while also tackling antisocial behaviour and fly-tipping.


The Conservative Party aim to run on local issues for local people, saving national issues for their parliamentarians. Les Turner of Boothstown and Ellenbrook said the policies he’s campaigning on include local issues such as; potholes; littler drainage; vehicle theft and anything else their residents draw attention to. They are also campaigning to maintain the greenbelt around Salford.

Liberal Democrats 

The Liberal Democrats, such as Alex Warren of the Quays ward, are running on litter removal, such as their #CleanUpTheQuays campaign. He also wants improved public transport into Salford, including trams running later into the night, 4 am on weekends and 2 am on weekdays. They also want to stop the removal of trees in urban areas.

Green Party

The Greens prioritise the climate agenda above all other policies. This will include things like; a ban on the production & sale of genetically modified foods; sustainable farming; implementation of green roofs and less reliance on oil and gas with a greater reliance on green energy

Women’s Equality Party 

Donna-Maree Humphery, the only candidate for the party running in Salford, aims to help victims/survivors of sexual violence and supported young people leaving prison.

Swing wards that could see candidates do better than in previous years:

Worsley and Westwood Park

  • CON 1,440 1,224 1,082
  • LAB 1,220 1,007 850

Participation has been going up in this ward due to the closeness of the race but long waiting times to vote in this ward might affect this. This ward is only separated by 200 or so votes, not a lot in an election which could see an increase in turnout. Topics like the Clean Air Zone and HS2 will likely swing voters in this ward.


Little Hulton

  • LAB 1,115
  • CON 438

Little Hulton has a very low turnout that hasn’t topped 20% in 5 years. This means a good campaign from any party could swing the vote.


Kersal and Broughton Park

  • CON 1,797 1,679,711
  • LDEM 891
  • LAB 721 707 559

Kersal and Broughton have one of the largest Jewish populations in Salford. The ward turned from Labour amidst the antisemitism row – this will be a big test to see if the Jewish community trust Starmer’s new Labour Party. Lib Dems are likely to do well as they were only 1000 votes short last year, as it’s likely many traditional Tory voters will defect due to current scandals. It will probably be a large turnout due to the contested nature of this seat.



  • LAB 2,132 1,834 1,451
  • CON 819 754 507
  • GRN 799
  • LDEM 379
  • WEP 342
  • TUSC 173

This will be interesting to watch as there are lots of non-mainstream parties like the Women’s Equality Party, Trade Unions and socialist coalition and a strong green party coming third in the election. While likely to stay labour, it will be interesting to watch whether the minor parties do better than in previous years.


Boothstown and Ellenbrook

  • CON 2,205 1,797 1,345
  • LAB 1,257 1,209 750

Similar to Kersal and Broughton, Boothstown and Ellen went safely to the Conservatives in the last election. It was last year’s highest turnout of any Salford Ward at just under 35%. This has the potential to flip to Labour if enough tory voters defect to Lib Dem and Labour can get a decent turnout.

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