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THE SALFORD ALTERNATIVE ELECTION

Star date: 20th April 2015

SALFORD POLITICS GOES ALTERNATIVE

"I think it's great that a lot of people are standing against the establishment" Emma, Green Party

If you switch on the telly you'd think there were only four parties standing for election this year – Conservative, Labour, UKIP and LibDems. But all three constituencies in Salford have alternative parties standing, plus a few Independents. It's all part of a new D-I-Y politics in the city.

Here, the Salford Star investigates how this has come about...

Full details here...

 
 
EWAN MACCOLL GETS CENTENARY SALFORD TRIBUTE

Star date: 19th April 2015

MIKE JOYCE, GERARD KEARNS AND JOHN CONNOLLY STAR AS MACCOLL

"Sounds like a good 'un to me!" Mike Joyce

Ewan MacColl: His Life, His Words, His Music
Sunday 10th May 2pm
Salford University Peel Hall £12/£8

Ewan MacColl is to get a Salford tribute in the year of his centenary, with ex-Smiths maestro Mike Joyce, Shameless favourite Gerard Kearns and trad singing star John Connolly performing songs and readings by the Lower Broughton legend.

The show is being produced by the Working Class Movement Library at the University of Salford's Peel Hall.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAY DAY MARCH AND MANC FESTIVAL

Star date: 19th April 2015

SALFORD MAY DAY SATURDAY 2ND MAY

The annual Salford May march will take place on Saturday 2nd May this year, beginning at 10am with a rally in Bexley Square followed by a march to Piccadilly Gardens to join the Manchester march.

The rallies and marches are followed by a huge May Day Festival with stalls, music, talks, films and a Miners Strike exhibition by the Irwell Valley Mining Project.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CHARITY CHAMP WINS COMMUNITY AWARD

Star date: 19th April 2015

ETHAN EVANS WINS COMMUNITY AWARD

Salford teenager, Ethan Evans, who has raised over £15,000 in the last two years for charities including St Ann's Hospice and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, has been given an award himself, as the winner of the first Creamline: Cream of the Community award.

Ethan, who has also collected loads of food for the Salford Food Bank, received a £500 prize to be given to the charity of his choice, Asthma UK.

Full details here...

 
 
STOP TTIP PROTEST SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL

Star date: 18th April 2015

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST TTIP

Today, over four hundred events around the world are taking place in protest at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP, an agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and USA which campaigners say would massively increase corporate power, promote the privatisation of public services and strip countries of important environmental, labour and consumer protections.

In Salford, an early morning awareness raising event by TUSC took place outside Salford Royal Hospital to draw attention to the peril the NHS could be under through TTIP.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ELECTION HOTS UP WITH HUSTINGS, BEZ, NHS AND ROBIN HOOD

Star date: 17th April 2015

SALFORD GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS MOVE UP A GEAR

Campaigning for the Local and General Election moved up a gear today, with Bez and Mags McNally launching a new billboard on Chapel Street for the We Are The Reality Party, now backed by Paul Massey; and Salford TUSC candidates urging people to join them outside Salford Royal Hospital tomorrow at 9am as a part of a national day of action against the TTIP privatisation treaty.

Meanwhile, the Robin Hood Tax campaign is asking voters to tell their candidates to back the Tax, while Uprising is urging anyone who hasn't registered to vote to do so within the next three days. There are also chances to grill the candidates in Walkden and Eccless tomorrow.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER TOWN HALL STORMED IN HOMELESS PROTEST

Star date: 15th April 2015

SALFORD JOINS MANCHESTER HOMELESS PROTEST

Salford group Coffee4Craig and the Salford We Are The Reality Party joined a Greater Manchester wide Homeless Action March this afternoon, which ended in the storming of Manchester Town Hall in protest at austerity and the lack of action on homelessness.

The March began at Piccadilly Gardens with a drumming band and a speech by Bez, well received by over one hundred campaigners.

Full details here...

 
 
DEMO AT SALFORD MCDONALD’S FOR FAST FOOD WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Star date: 15th April 2015

PROTEST AT ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS AND POOR PAY AT SALFORD MCDONALD'S

McDonald's burger outlet and HQ at the corner of Cross Lane and The Crescent today was the centre for a Greater Manchester protest against the firm using zero hour contracts, low pay and poor conditions.

Trade unionists from the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union and Salford City UNISON joined community campaigners and political parties at the `Hungry For Justice' demo.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL £1.6MILLION HEALTH IMPROVEMENT FUNDING CUTS

Star date: 14th April 2015

AS ELECTION LOOMS SALFORD MAYOR COULD KILL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Public Protest Meeting
Tuesday 21st April 7pm
Swinton British Legion

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart is set to make a decision on £1.616million of cuts to the Health Improvement Service on 28th April. The Service supports schemes like reducing isolation for the elderly and helping people with mental health issues, and fifty jobs could be lost as well as some vital community programmes. A public meeting has been called for the 21st and there's an active online petition.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TUSC CANDIDATES ATTACK NON DOM LABOUR CANDIDATES

Star date: 13th April 2015

TUSC ATTACKS `INSULT' OF POTENTIAL MPS WHO DON'T LIVE IN SALFORD

TUSC General Election candidates have fired the first personal shots of this year's campaign by accusing the Labour Party of fielding candidates who don't live in Salford.

"I think it's insulting that Salford could end up with two Labour MPs - neither of whom who live in our city" says Steven North, TUSC candidate for Worsley and Eccles South "How can you represent somewhere when you don't even know what is going on in that area on a day to day basis? This is the ultimate example of Labour taking votes for granted."

Of the main parties' candidates, who does and doesn't live in Salford? Click here to find out...

 
 
SALFORD CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR LOCAL AND GENERAL ELECTION

Star date: 11th April 2015

TUSC AND GREENS BIGGEST ALTERNATIVE SALFORD PARTIES AS LIBDEMS BECOME GHOST PARTY

Anti-cuts party, TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) is fielding the largest number of alternative candidates in the local elections this year, standing in all twenty seats, while the Green Party has candidates up for election in 18 seats. The LibDem Party, once the main threat to the ruling Labour Party, has become a ghost of its former self, standing in just three seats.

For the full set of candidates standing in both the General and Local Election – click here...

 
 
SALFORD ELECTION POLL CARD ERROR SEES THE CITY REDEFINED AS MANCHESTER

Star date: 10th April 2015

WISHFUL THINKING FROM COUNCIL AS BROUGHTON AND KERSAL LUMPED INTO MANCHESTER

Yesterday, Salford residents of Kersal and Broughton were horrified as official Poll Cards dropped through their letterboxes for the upcoming `Election of councillors to Manchester City Council'.

Now Manchester Council, which issued the polling cards - perhaps with a bit of wishful thinking – is having to post out replacements on different coloured card.

Full details here...

 
 
EX SALFORD MP HAZEL BLEARS NOW PUSHING TO BE DIRECTOR OF CO-OPERATIVE GROUP

Star date: 9th April 2015 

HAZEL BLEARS NOW NOMINATED FOR PAID CO-OP DIRECTORSHIP

Having stood down from her Salford and Eccles seat, Hazel Blears is now vying to be a paid `Member Nominated Director' of the Co-operative Group, overseeing the food and banking business of the company.

Blears is one of three Member-Nominated Directors, whose election is to be approved at the Co-op's Annual Meeting in May... "Co-operative values and principles have been central to my life and work" she states. But her nomination has already run into controversy.

Full details click here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SLASHES BUDGET FOR AT RISK BABIES AND TODDLERS

Star date: 9th April 2015

STAFF TO BE AXED AND CHILDCARE BUDGET FOR VULNERABLE BABIES AND TODDLERS SLASHED IN £151,000 CUTS

Following last year's cuts of over £1million to Sure Start Children's Centres in Salford, the Council is proposing to slash another £151,000 from this year's budget, with 3.5 Children's Centre staff posts to be axed and £50,000 cut for childcare for the most vulnerable babies and toddlers in the city; those who are at risk of harm. 

Childcare workers state that the new budget will "not even meet the need for the children who are receiving high level specialist services". Salford Council's Assistant Children's Mayor, John Merry, says he is "quite happy" with the proposals.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MCDONALD’S CENTRE OF GLOBAL FAST FOOD RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

Star date: 7th April 2015

SALFORD JOINS GLOBAL PROTEST AGAINST LOW PAY

Fast Food Rights Protest
Wednesday 15th April noon
McDonald's Cross Lane/Crescent

Salford is going to be at the centre of a global campaign against poverty pay, with a protest outside McDonald's head office, off The Crescent, at noon on Wednesday 15th April.

Fast Food Rights is a worldwide `Hungry For Justice' movement calling for £10 an hour pay, no zero contracts and union rights for food workers and all low paid people... "We'll be targeting McDonald's globally as they're one of the main companies that have low pay and exploitative terms and conditions of employment" says Ian Hodson, president of the Food Workers Union BFAWU.

Full details here...

 
 

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RED VENOM PUTTING THE HEIGHT ON THE SALFORD MUSIC MAP

Star date: 5th April 2015

FROM SALFORD TO THE BRONX

"It's like a fairy tale because when I was a kid in Salford I always dreamed of being played in America.."

Red Venom has worked with a Bronx-load of mixers, rappers and DJs. His jazz-hop track, Let's Get In On, was used everywhere from the film Miss Congeniality to the backdrop on the Sky footy coverage, and his sounds veer from blues to jazz to funk, to folk, to old skool hip hop, with a rhythmic tinge of everything in between.

With a new Lost Files album on the launchpad, the brilliant Red Venom, from Irlams O' Th' Height, is Salford's best kept music secret.

Full details here...

 
 
PARTY LEADERS DEBATE HECKLER BACKS BEZ AT SALFORD PRECINCT

Star date: 4th April 2015

`TASTELESS' CAMERON GETS SLATED AGAIN OVER DISABILITY CUTS

Victoria Prosser, who famously woke up the Party Leaders' Debate at Media City this week by heckling David Cameron, slated the Prime Minister again today as she spoke at a We Are The Reality Party rally opposite Salford Precinct.

To huge cheers, she backed Bez's bid to be MP for Salford and Eccles, and laid into "tasteless" Cameron for using his now-deceased disabled son during the debate while cutting Disability Living Allowance for many people... "He claimed it for his son but he won't let you have it" she said "I don't think that's right..."

Full details here...

 
 
SEXY DRUGGY SALFORD PORTAL SERIES WOWS THE NET

Star date: 3rd April 2015

PORTAL – `THE MOST DANGEROUS DRUG ON THE STREETS'

'Portal allows anyone, with enough cash, to live out their deepest desires'

In its first week of online broadcasting, new futuristic seven-part web series, Portal, has clocked up over 100,000 views. Portal is the 'most dangerous drug on the streets' according to the government. To others it's the ultimate escape... 'You can be superman or woman...nothing can hurt you'...

With a cast packed with Salfordians and made by Future Artists, which started life in Salford, Portal is virtually stimulating the planet...

Full details here...

 
 
AFTER THE SALFORD MEDIA CITY PARTY LEADERS’ TV DEBATE HERE COME THE REAL SALFORD DEBATES

Star date: 3rd April 2015

SALFORD PARTY CANDIDATES HUSTINGS FOR GENERAL ELECTION

The next few weeks will see all the party candidates for the General Election seats in Salford go head to head in a series of public hustings in Walkden, Kersal and Eccles.

After last night's Media City political pie throwing fest at the ITV Party Leaders' Debate, will Salford's real candidates fare any better?

Full details here...

 
 
GMP GAGS HOMELESS CAMPAIGNER ON ITV LEADERS DEBATE SALFORD

Star date: 2nd April 2015 

CAMPAIGNER FOR HOMELESS BANNED BY POLICE FROM LEADERS' DEBATE – DESPITE ON SHORTLIST TO ASK QUESTION

Wesley PP Hall, a campaigner for the homeless in Manchester was on a shortlist of twenty people to ask a question to party leaders taking part in the ITV debate at MediaCityUK tonight. Then he got a call saying that Greater Manchester Police had banned him from taking part.

Wesley told the Salford Star that he was going to ask questions on homelessness and austerity.

Full details here...

 
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When we began producing the Salford Star nearly three years ago the aim was always for it to be a magazine – a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible.  The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet.  Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third.  This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

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