Across Tameside the Lib Dems came second in Thursday’s election. The results in the election for Police & Crime Commissioner in Tameside council area were:
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Lib Dem candidate Matt Gallagher wrote on his blog earlier today:
“I would like to thank everyone for their support, best wishes and kind remarks.
“We came third, just 2,160 votes behind the Tory machine, and with 40,318 first preference votes and an estimated 60,000 second preference votes
“There were 100,000 people out of an vote of 272, 153 who were prepared to put their faith in me, and their cross against the Lib Dem Bird of Freedom. Labour are estimated by some observers to have spent up to £200,000 on their campaign, although I have yet to see their election expenses return. I spent £700 out of my Christmas savings, and my total spend is likely to be about £1,200. Even Labour supporters have told me that if we had been able to reach more voters we could have won this election with our message.”
Lib Dems came a narrow third across the whole of Greater Manchester, just behind the Conservatives, and we also took second place in the Manchester Central parliamentary byelection.