Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

Mike Cordingley

Contact Details

 0781 499 7522
 Cllr. Mike Cordingley
Trafford Town Hall,
Talbot Road,
Manchester M32 8EB.
 Cllr Mike Cordingley (Facebook)

I hold an advice surgery at Lostock Library at 3pm on the first Friday of the month.

No appointment necessary but if the Friday coincides with school holidays it may be best to contact me by phone first as library will be shut.

Social Media

I can also be contacted via the Facebook – Cllr Mike Cordingley page.

Background – Local Roots

I was previously a civil servant primarily working in training with Benefits Agency/DHSS and also spent part of my career working on Welfare Policy in their Leeds headquarters. I live in the ward.

Why did you enter politics?

I was completely opposed to Thatcher’s economic philosophy that the market is everything. I’d always been of the left but hadn’t wanted to be signed up to any formal political party. But it was Thatcher who motivated me to join Labour and I’ve been a member now for nearly 30 years.

Despite the reservations of those early years, I have seen Labour make huge improvements to our country: rebuilding our neglected schools and hospitals. Policing has been massively improved bringing a real transformation to our neighbourhoods. The minimum wage was a long overdue protection.

I actively opposed the Iraq War; but I was hugely in favour of Sure Start and early intervention. The positives have always outweighed the negatives, (with the exception of Iraq) and compared to the other main parties, we have so much to be proud of.

In the end though, I never forget that without Labour we would not have the minimum wage and the NHS would have been privatised.

What motivates now for Gorse Hill ward?

We need a confident Labour Party because there’s a huge job to be done.
We must never rejoin the Conservative / UKIP / Lib Dem consensus with regard to the City of London – Labour has to be a counter-balance to
the enormous power of these banksters. But we should never be anti-business, we just need to remember that business is about making things and selling them; it’s not a card game where the dealer always ends up with more than they put in.

Gorse Hill Ward is at the forefront of a community response to cuts. I love the self-confidence that permeates the intitiatives of Gorgeous Gorse Hill and Lostock Community Partnership. There’s a clear recognition of what needs to be provided by the Council whilst acknowledging what the communities can do for themselves.

And outside Politics?

Family, Cycling, Music, Manchester City, Guardian, Mowing Lawn, Grapes of Wrath, Friends, Laughter.

Laurence Walsh

Contact Details

 0161 912 5208
 Cllr. Laurence Walsh
Trafford Town Hall,
Talbot Road,
Manchester M32 8EB.

Current Council Positions

 Deputy Mayor
 Chair of Planning and Development Control Committee
 Member of Standards Committee

Why did you become involved in politics?

I had been an active member of the GMB for many years and it seemed a logical step to join the Labour Party. I am now employed as Postman and a member of the Communications Workers Union.

What are your priorities for the ward?

I see myself first of all as a resident of the Gorse Hill Area. The daily issues of fly tipping, dog fouling and litter are things which make me cross like everyone else.

You will see me out and about regularly litter picking. I first want to make Gorse Hill a more pleasant a place to live. I would like to have more variety of shops in the area and our highways to be improved. There is a “Civic Quarter Master Plan” for the area around the Town Hall; that’s just on our doorstep so I’d like to see some of those benefits & improvements coming our way!


We now have a conservative government with a majority at Westminster. Whatever the Prime minster may say I can tell you our local authority of Trafford Council has a budget stretched to the limit. Austerity continues so we must continue to lobby the government highlighting the effect their policies are having on all council services.

David Acton

Contact Details

  0780 061 3118
  Cllr. David Acton
Trafford Town Hall,
Talbot Road,
Manchester M32 0TH.

Background – Politics

I was born in Cadishead in Salford. However I moved to Trafford when I was 5 years of age and have lived in this area ever since.

I really got interested in politics and our communities when my daughters came into the world in my mid 20s. Life and decisions made by politicians seemed much more important to me when I had children and all that extra responsibility of looking after someone other than myself.

My community and neighbours suddenly became really important and I decided I shouldn’t just complain on the sidelines but actually get involved in trying to improve things. That’s the moment I decided to join the Labour Party and get involved in politics. A number of years later I put myself forward as a candidate in the local elections and after 3 attempts I was finally elected as Councillor for Urmston Ward in the late 1980s. I represented Urmston until 2004 when the boundaries were changed. I was duly selected to stand in Gorse Hill and have represented this Ward ever since, and very proud to do so.

What’s your ambition for your ward?

I am passionate in wanting to help to improve our neighbourhood and to help people who need support, particularly those that may have not had the life chances that others maybe have had. Recognising it’s vital for Councillors to represent and support ALL people they represent.

I am also passionate about fighting for values such as justice for all, peace and life chances for everyone.

If you need help and support please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

I am really angry that the Tories wash their hands of so many precious services and the damage they have done to our country.