Local by-election in Salford 20th June 2013.
Salford would seem to be yet another of the EDPs former strongholds that has succumbed to the rot that appears to be permeating the party.
In the recent past the EDP has been well represented in elections in Salford.
The EDPs first showing in Salford was in the local election of May 2006 when its solo candidate took almost 8% of the vote.
In the 2010 General Election EDP candidate, Stephen Morris, attracted 621 votes, 1.5%, in the Salford & Eccles constituency.
The party also had two candidates in the local election that year, one of whom won just short of10%.
In 2011 the EDP stood three candidates in the May local elections and a further one in a March by-election.
In May 2012 the EDP candidate gained 1616 votes, 3.6% of the total in the first round, in the Mayoral election.
Also on the same day in May 2012 the party stood four candidates for the Salford Council elections, they each averaged around the 5% mark.
Elections for the ‘new’ Police & Crime Commissioners took place in November 2012 and the EDP was poised to field a candidate in the Greater Manchester Authority. Unfortunately the EDPs Michael Felse withdrew shortly before nominations closed and it was too late to find a replacement.
Incidentally, Micheal Felse is standing in the forthcoming Borough election as an Independent but the EDP is conspicuous by its absence!
What has happened to Messrs Depares and Whitelegg who have stood four and three times respectively in Salford?