Labour in Gorse Hill Ward

Trafford, Greater Manchester

Campaigning for a Better Trafford. Proud to serve Gorse Hill.

Dave Acton

First elected 6/3/1986 - 5/5/1988 (Urmston Ward)
Regained seat 24/11/1988 - 10/6/2004 (Urmston Ward)
First elected 10/06/2004 - to present (Gorse Hill Ward)


And 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.

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What are your priorities as our councillor?
What drives you?

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 have washed their hands of so many precious services and of our communities.

Positons Held by Dave

Dave holds the following posts within Council

Outside Bodies - on behalf of Council/Executive/Labour Group

  • Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

As chair of the authority, Dave attends a number of national and regional bodies including:

  • Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Executive Board
  • Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities
  • North West Strategic Partnership Board
  • Local Government Association General Assembly
  • Local Government Association Fire Services Commission
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

School Governor at:

  • Gorse Hill Primary School
  • St Antony's Catholic College

Dave is also a member of, and/or attends:

  • Lostock Tenants and Residents Association
  • Stretford Neighbourhood Forum
  • Lostock Fare Share Panel
  • Lostock Community Partnership

Labour Group / Party Positions

  • Vice Chair Stretford and Urmston Constituency Labour Party

Dave on Twitter

Contact Details

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Dave Acton

0161 749 9823

Councillor David Acton
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road
Manchester M32 0TH