Labour in Gorse Hill Ward

Trafford, Greater Manchester

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

Mike Cordingley

Mike was first elected as councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in May 2007. He has lived in the ward for over 30 years.


Local Roots

Mike was previously a civil servant primarily working in Training with Benefits Agency/DHSS and also spent part of his career working on Welfare Policy in their Leeds headquarters. He lives in the ward.

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Why did you enter politics?
What drives you?

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.

Iraq March

What motivates now?
And 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.

Outside Politics?

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

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Mike holds the following posts within Council:

  • Shadow Executive Member for Corporate Resources
  • Vice-Chair Overview and Scrutiny Core Committe
  • Old Trafford and Stretford Locality Partnership Chair
  • Member Development Steering Group - Member

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

  • Transport for Greater Manchester Committee
  • Metrolink and Rail Networks Sub-Committee
  • Capital Projects and Policy Sub-Committee

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

  • Lostock Tenants and Residents Association
  • Lostock Community Partnership
  • Trafford Cycle Forum
  • Gorse Hill Action Group
  • Friends of Lostock Park
  • Friends of Lostock Library
  • Gorgeous Gorse Hill
  • Shrewsbury Street Project Board

Labour Group / Party Positions:

  • Boundary Review Lead
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Mike Cordingley

0781 499 7522

Councillor Mike Cordingley
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road
Manchester M32 0TH


The best way to contact me on Facebook is via 'tagging' me on one of the many local Facebook groups. You will have to join a group first, but it is the best way; and Stretford has some superb Facebook Groups.

Advice Surgery

I'm at Lostock Library at 3pm on the First Friday of every month. (bank holidays excepted)

Mike on Twitter