Trafford is very much a flagship Conservative council. It is one of the metropolitan boroughs that we hold with a clear majority and has a third of its seats up foe election on May 6. In Parliamentary terms it has Altrincham and Sale West, which is already a Conservative seat, represented by that heroic champion of the grammar schools Graham Brady. But what of the other seat Stretford and Urmston, that is our 199th target. To those who say this is so distant a target that we can not win, I say, Yes We Can.

The last time the relevant nine wards were fought, in 2008, Labour won in five, while we won in four. This time around Labour not even fielding a candidate in the Davyhulme West Ward.

Trafford has the lowest Band D Council Tax in Greater Manchester – charging £1,105 on Band D. (Lib Dem Stockport charges £1,363.) Their manifesto pledges to continue the drive for greater value for money by introducingspending transparency.

Schools are a tremendous success story. This is not just true of the grammar schools. Trafford does very well with its primary schools, they are the fourth best in the UK.  Among secondary schools it is not only their Grammar Schools which deliver great results but their High Schools too. Their overall performance shows selective education works.

Our candidate for the General Election in Stretford and Urmston is Alex Williams, the Deputy Leader of Trafford Council. His campaign is, naturally, very thoroughly integrated with the Council candidates which is absolutely key. He is defending local grammar schools from Socialist attack and calling for elected police commissioners in response to the failings if the Greater Manchester Constabulary.

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