Post by Old Fashioned Leftie on Feb 24, 2020 7:26:41 GMT
Blaby DC; Millfield - Nick Brown has been around this part of Blaby for many years, I believe he is currently leader of the town council. Given Labour's difficulties currently this may be a Tory gain, but his name may help Labour squeak home.
(Although that particular type of "middle-class suburban" is massively Labour at present.)
Of course Charlton and Whalley Range were once Tory areas. They are now very much full of middle class left wingers with lots of degrees
Yes, demographic change, with various sources. Not just white flight, but the destruction of the Stretford Road corridor from the city centre, which wiped out lots of small family businesses, and some larger concerns. And the connected employment. Gorton etc probably saw something similar.
Roughly people moved out along the A roads. The old Hulme and Moss Side electorate pushed towards Chorlton and Sale, the (better-off) Gorton electorate ended up in the likes of Hazel Grove. And of course many of the rest were deported to Partington, Hattersley and the arse-end of Wilmslow.
"People may say what they like about the decay of Christianity; the religious system that produced green Chartreuse can never really die."
It featured in the recent film about Lowry - Mrs Lowry & Son. His overdominant mother longed to returned to the genteel ways of Victoria Park after they had to move to Pendlebury.
Created in 1918 and abolished in 1950, it wasn't won by Labour until 1945 and although Labour finished second in a 1919 by election they didn't become firmly established in second until 1931.
Another by election in 1933 saw the Tories hold on again and they even managed to hold on in a wartime by election (1944), which even if the vote of the Commonwealth and Independent Labour candidates had been combined would have seen them home by over 1,000.
I spent too much time watching rugby league on the telly in the 80's. Wigan were the dominant team during most of that time, so there were lots of interviews with their players, who if they weren't Australian, talked like that.
When in that House M.P.'s divide/ If they’ve a brain and cerebellum, too/ They’ve got to leave that brain outside/ And vote just as their leaders tell 'em to. (W.S. Gilbert, "Iolanthe")
I spent a year as youth worker in the late 80s in Widnes, when they were the second best RL team. I remember on Challenge Cup final day the entire town being awash with black and white, except opposite where I lived, where a giant red and white clad mannikin hung out of the upstairs window. It was the Wigan scrum half's parents' house
I think that feature extends into the Chorley area as well - the two people who came into my head when I thought of that particular sound were Lindsay Hoyle and a university friend from Leyland.
Choooorrrrley, Buuurrrnnnley & environs have the most extreme 'Lancashire accents'. Pie Eater & Sint 'elens etc accents are very different (& in the latter case, are very different depending which side of town you are).