Local Elections 2019

Baguley - Peter Harrop

Brooklands - Stephen Carlton-Woods

Burnage - Shahed Hossain

Chorlton - John Edward

Chorlton Park - Christopher Halliday

Didsbury East - Damian Flanagan

Didsbury West - Anjie Haque

Northenden - Ralph Ellerton

Old Moat - Tom Benbow

Sharston - Jagdeep Singh-Mehat

Withington - Shaden Jaradat

Woodhouse Park - Ken Wedderburn



On May 2, only your vote for the Conservative Party candidate, Damian Flanagan, can finally break through the complacency of Labour’s near ONE PARTY STATE in Manchester Town Hall. It is vital to come out and vote to end Labour’s strangehold on our beloved city.

Damian is a businessman, award-winning author and journalist who has lived in Didsbury for over 20 years and is a political activist who has campaigned for true democratic accountability in Manchester.

The only answer the Labour Party seem to have to all the problems in Manchester - the worst crime rates in the country, congested roads, poor planning, underperforming schools - is to blame everything on “cuts”. Can’t they take responsibility for anything themselves? They have had almost complete control of our council for decades, yet we are still one of the poorest cities in the country, with 35.5% of children living in poverty according to council’s own statistics.

Do you believe the Lib Dems can provide any true opposition? They recently announced that their chief complaint with the 94 out of 96 Labour council was that it was too “right wing” and they hope to shift it further to the left. Is this supposed to make our city a more prosperous, flourishing place to live?

Through our own forward-thinking vision, prudent financial management and sense of community we CAN turn ourselves into a city that the rest of the country will admire.


Didsbury East is Manchester’s jewel: a suburb whose heritage, vibrancy and green spaces make it one of the most desirable places to live in the North West. If elected, I pledge that I will campaign to:

  • Bring an end to the waste of Labour’s mismanagement in Manchester.
  • Ensure our schools perform as well as those in neighbouring Trafford. I want to see far more children from Manchester, from all backgrounds, making their way to the best universities and careers in the country.
  • Provide more affordable local housing.
  • Hold the Council to account for our soaring crime rates and lack of faith in the police.
  • Improve our precious green spaces, increase community events and celebrate our unique heritage.
  • Ensure we deliver better, less congested roads and a cleaner environment.


Please make the difference, vote for meaningful change and elect Damian Flanagan on May 2.

Didsbury Conservatives: the True Force for Change in Manchester


Follow Damian at @DamianFlanagan


For details of meetings and social events of Didsbury Conservatives, or to inform us at any time of any local issues or concerns, or need a lift to vote on Thursday 2nd May, please email us at: Didsburyconservatives@gmail.com


Dear Voter,

You could be forgiven for wondering what is the point of voting in local elections? After all, Manchester is the least politically diverse council in the country, with an overwhelming 94 of its 96 councillors from the Labour Party, a state of affairs of which old Soviet Republics would be proud.

Voting participation rates in Manchester are at just 20% in many areas. That’s 80% of the population who don’t think their vote can make a difference. Yet as recently as the 1990s there was a Conservative group of councillors in Manchester, and Conservative Councillors are now back and making a difference in nearby Salford.

Then there are the Liberal Democrats, who spend all their time cramming leaflets through your door declaring, “Tories Can’t Win Here!” In a desperate plea for your vote. But do you really feel that voting for them will make any real difference to the quality of democracy in Manchester? For many people, they are simply Labour-lite.

To make a real difference in Manchester, we need CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLORS back in Manchester Town Hall, scrutinizing and challenging the one party state in Manchester and ensuring that true democracy and value for money for your hard-earned council tax payments are delivered.

As Conservatives, we also need to take responsibility for the dire state of local politics in Manchester. For the last 20 years, the Conservatives have not been involved enough with and committed enough to the people of Manchester. That is about to change.

The Didsbury Conservatives are a new group committed to the revival of Conservative fortunes and true democracy in Manchester. We will be meeting every month and actively campaigning and canvassing every weekend. We would like YOUR opinion to be heard and we would like you come along and get involved by joining the Conservative Party and coming along to our meetings or writing to us at didsburyconservatives@gmail.com.

Please don’t give up and succumb to the cynical posturing of a Labour party presumptive that none of their actions in the city - the appalling road congestion, the abysmal record on law and order, the poor quality of many local schools - will ever be challenged or that whatever poor quality candidate they put up will be voted in. And don’t fall for glossy pictures of slick Lib Dem graduates, more interested in advancing their careers down south than forging ties with Manchester.

The Conservatives want to see a Manchester where if your home is broken into, the perpetrators will be prosecuted. We want to ensure you can drive into the centre of town without expecting some ridiculous bus lane fine to be imposed upon you as a stealth tax. We want a city that has sensible planning, an appreciation of both its heritage and communities, that feels attractive and aspirational. Above all, we wish to create a prosperous, forward-thinking city equipped for the next wave of technological change.

If this is the type of city you want to see, then please join us. On May 2 only a Conservative vote can deliver true change and challenge - and the next time you get a patronizing “Conservatives Can’t Win Here” note through your door, please file it in the recycling in the confidence that, from here on, the Conservatives can and will win here.

JOIN US at didsburyconservatives@gmail.com

Damian Flanagan, Candidate for Didsbury East