Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Young Duo Lead Labour Charge

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Young Duo Lead Labour Charge

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TWO young Labour captains led an election night cavalry charge to help the party maintain an iron grip on Wigan.

Martin Aldred, 21, and Nathan Murray, 20, each took scalps from the Wigan Independents to battle their way into the town hall.

But Labour's advance was halted by the Conservatives, who stole back one seat in a late counterattack.

Labour finished the night with a total of 64 seats - an increase of one overall.

The Tories also gained one seat and now have a total of three.

But the Lib Dems failed to regain a foothold in the council chamber after losing their only seat last year. The biggest shock of the night was Nathan Murray's defeat of Wigan Independent Gary Wilkes, the leader of the opposition.

Nathan - believed to be Wigan's youngest ever councillor - polled 2,245 votes to steal the Bryn seat.

The Manchester University history student, who before the campaign was working part-time at McDonald's, said: "I hope my victory inspires other young people to get involved in politics. …

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