Nominations closed at 12 noon today and the Liberal Democrats are standing in 31 seats across the Manchester. In Moston they have decided not to field a candidate this time but have but have stood aside and urged local people to vote for the Independent candidate.
Manchester Lib Dem Group Leader Marc Ramsbottom said today: "We have first class candidates in 31 seats across the city and its clear we are the main competition to the Labour Party. Labour have already said they don't want any opposition in the Town Hall; that would be bad for democracy and bad for Manchester".
"In Moston there is clearly a strong local Independent candidate who will stand up for local residents and won't be bullied by Richard Leese." he added. This comes after Moston Councillor Henry Cooper resigned from the Labour Party last week in protest.
Matt Gallagher is the Lib Dem candidate in Chorlton ward for the local election on 3 May.