How can the Liberal Democrats come back from a wipeout in Manchester?

Since 2004 the Lib Dems have lost all (38) representation on Manchester City Council of which 31 have gone since you went into coalition. This appears to indicate that whatever local good was being done the decision to prop up the Tories has been far from popular.

Answer:

Good local councillors have been lost because people have stayed at home or not voted. We have to get the message across that the Labour councillors are not standing up for local people (eg over the Christie parking issue) and that Manchester needs an opposition to Labour.