General Election 2015


Labour may not have seen the result it had hoped for in the General Elections 2015, but we look forward now to the opportunity to evaluate, learn, rebuild and strengthen over the next five years in opposition.

Read the Labour Party Manifesto 2015 Here

The North West made some good gains in target seats and we now have new MPs in the following CLPs. Congratulations to all of them:

CLP MP Status
Ashton Under Lyne Angela Rayner Labour Hold
Blackburn Kate Hollern Labour Hold
Burnley Julie Cooper Gain from Lib Dem
City of Chester Chris Matheson Gain from Tory
Lancaster & Fleetwood Cat Smith Gain from Tory
Manchester Withington Jeff Smith Gain from Lib Dem
Salford & Eccles Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour Hold
Wirral West Margaret Greenwood Gain from Tory

Below you can see my campaign activity for Labour in pictures across target seats and beyond.

Election Battle Bus 2015


I organised a 16 seater battle bus, sponsored by TULO, to tour target seats across Greater Manchester and the East Lancs. Ian McNichol, the Labour Party General Secretary, joined us along with Tony LLoyd PPC, Arlene McCarthy, a number of trade union representatives and also Citizen Khan star, Abdullah Afzal.


Target Seat: Withington CLP, Candidate: Jeff Smith


Family Photo whilst out campaigning in Withington


I also organised a Q&A panel event for Jeff Smith, with myself, Sir Richard Leese and Yasmin Qureshi as co-panelists:


Keith Vaz’s Campaign Bus Visits Withington CLP:



Keith Vaz with Jeff Smith and local councillors and candidates

Target Seat: Burnley, Candidate: Julie Cooper

Ed Miliband in Burnley to address the BME votership:


Target Seat: Pendle, Candidate: Azhar Ali


Out canvassing in Pendle with Azhar and his team

Target Seat: Crewe & Nantwich, Candidate: Dr Adrian Heald


On the doorstep in Crewe & Nantwich



Spoke at Crewe & Nantwich CLP meeting to rally the troops


Target Seat: Wirral West, Candidate: Margaret Greenwood


With Margaret Greenwood



Campaign Seat: Salford and Eccles, Candidate: Rebecca Long-Bailey


Out canvassing in Salford one wintery morning


Target Seat: Lancaster & Fleetwood, Candidate: Cat Smith


Amazing rally of troops



Target Seat: South Ribble, Candidate: Veronica Bennett



Target Seat: City of Chester: Candidate: Chris Matheson


Group Photo with Chris Matheson



Target Seat: Weaver Vale, Candidate: Julia Tickridge


With the Weaver Vale team


On the doorstep


Target Seat: Blackpool North & Cleveleys, Candidate: Sam Rushworth


With Sam and the team



Target Seat: Warrington South, Candidate: Nick Bent


Cloudy but smiling with a winning spirit



Campaign Seat: Bolton West, Candidate: Julie Hilling MP


Out with Julie’s dedicated team


Campaign Seat: Stretford & Urmston, Candidate: Kate Green MP


Door-knocking with Kate Green MP and Tony LLoyd PCC


Leafleting at a Trafford mosque


Campaign Seat: Heywood & Middleton, Candidate: Liz McInnes


At the campaign stall


Fighting off the far right


Campaign Seat: Knowsley North, Candidate: George Haworth MP

At the Knowsley race night fundraiser…IMG_2535.jpg

With George Haworth MP



Rally with Ed Miliband in Warrington





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