Tomorrow Trafford will go to the polls with all 63 seats up for grabs triggered by recent boundary changes meaning this is the council’s first all-out election since 2004.
This year, all voters will be given three opportunities to support their local Labour candidates but, with one other significant difference, photo ID must be shown to vote in person.
Here is an opportunity to meet one of our new Labour candidates, Frances Cosby, who is asking for your support to elect her to represent the residents of Manor ward.
Frances, 28, moved to Trafford two years ago with her partner, Zak, and beagle, Lilah.
She studied Philosophy and Politics at The University of Manchester and has worked for two members of parliament within their constituency offices, including the former Labour MP for Bury North.
Frances currently works for a strategic communications company with a focus on engaging with local communities.
Ahead of tomorrow’s election, Frances, discusses her passion for politics, and for Manor, and her thoughts on how she can make a difference if elected to represent the area.
What inspired you to put yourself forward as a local Labour candidate, Frances?
Since becoming politically active at school, I have always strongly identified with the Labour Party as the best way to deliver social justice.
I have been privileged to work for Labour MPs and I have seen how the Labour Party can change people’s lives for the better.
Having settled down in Trafford and made it my home, I wanted to become a local councillor to use my skills and experience to ensure people are represented and given more opportunities to get on in life.
What are the main issues that people have spoken to you about during your numerous doorstep campaigning sessions?
From speaking to people on the doorstep, it is clear the cost of living crisis is making everyday life a struggle for many people.
There are also more local concerns relating to anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and adequate school places.
If elected, I will seek to work with the council to tackle these issues head on and be a strong voice for the residents in Manor ward.
How would you support your local community, if elected, Frances?
Manor ward has a strong community and identity that I would be excited to get involved with.
Having visited Sale West Community Centre, I would support the local initiatives to improve youth services to give better outcomes for younger people growing up in the area, as well as helping to ensure the local parks are maintained.
I am a passionate and hardworking individual and I hope I will get elected in Manor as I believe I can help make a real difference to the area.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me on this journey – and I sincerely hope that the residents of Manor put their trust in me and my fellow colleagues, Sally Hirst and Steve Little, and use all their three votes for Labour tomorrow.
To read the Trafford Labour 2023 manifesto visit: https://qr.page/g/If01AnLdwT