Current Make Up: Con 0 Lab 94 LD 1 Others 1
Projection: Labour to Retain Control
Manchester is a safe Labour council, making it relatively a unremarkable contest on the face of things. However, due to boundary changes, the whole council is up for election this time round. It is worth keeping an eye on Manchester as it provides an interesting test for any potential Lib Dem fightback. Former Withington MP, John Leech, is the only Lib Dem councillor on the council at present, having won a seat in 2016. Leech’s victory signified the first opposition councillor here in two years. But the Lib Dems also fancied their chances in the Manchester Gorton by election that was cancelled as a result of last year’s general election being called. If their local momentum is sustained, they could see some gains here. The party had historically been a big player on the council here until 2012, when they were reduced from 20 seats to just 9. The party will be hoping to further their fightback with some modest gains next month.
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