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£110,000 FOR GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR PLUS £130,000 FOR MAYORAL TEAM

Star date: 28th April 2017

GM MAYOR TO GET £110,000 BUT NO CANDIDATES WILL SAY WHO'S BANKROLLING THEIR CAMPAIGNS

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GMCA, is set to rubber stamp an allowance of £110,000 allowance for the Greater Manchester Mayor today, after setting aside an estimated budget of £242,000 for the Mayor and his/her team back in January.

Meanwhile the Salford Star asked the main candidates who was bankrolling their campaigns and with how much. None wanted to say, although as an MP, Andy Burnham has had to declare over £30,000 in backing.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD UKIP GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE STANDS DOWN OVER ‘ODIOUS’ INTEGRATION AGENDA

Star date: 27th April 2017

CANDIDATE CITES 'IGONORANT', 'UNACCEPTABLE', 'VILE'... 'RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY' AND 'MUSLIM BASHING' OF UKIP

"I do not wish to have my good name sullied by association with this odious agenda..." Seamus Martin

Seamus Martin, who was expected to be announced as the prospective UKIP candidate for Salford and Eccles, has withdrawn from standing, 'appalled' at the party's 'so-called Integration Agenda', which he describes as 'Muslim-bashing'.

Speaking exclusively to the Salford Star, Seamus says it's an "odious agenda"...an "alienation agenda aimed at deliberately demonising one specific community..."

He adds that UKIP's call for a moratorium on Muslim state schools is "ignorant and unacceptable", and that "This vile agenda was sneaked through without the knowledge or consent of UKIP party members..."

Full interview here...

 
 
PEEL HOLDINGS APPLIES FOR PLANNING IN PROPOSED SALFORD GREEN BELT

Star date: 27th April 2017

PEEL APPLIES FOR PERMISSION TO BUILD IN BROADOAK SOUTH PROPOSED GREEN BELT

Peel Holdings has applied for planning permission to build 165 'aspirational family homes' at Broadoak South in Worsley, which both Salford City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority are proposing to designate as Green Belt in their new 'frameworks'.

Meanwhile, in October, following a High Court ruling, there's going to be a re-run of the Public Inquiry into the refusal for Peel to build in the wider Broadoak area.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR ENVIRONMENT HUSTINGS ON GREEN BELT, FRACKING AND FLOODING

Star date: 26th April 2017

'WHAT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT?'

Greater Manchester Mayor Hustings
Friday 28th April 6:15pm-8.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Manchester

Four candidates standing for Greater Manchester Mayor - Sean Anstee, Conservative; Jane Brophy, LibDem; Andy Burnham, Labour; and Will Patterson, Green - are to attend hustings this Friday in Manchester, where they will be debating everything environment, including the Green Belt, flooding, fracking and pollution.

Full details here...

 
 

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MANCHESTER LOOSE SPACE HOMELESS EVICTION ATTEMPT ON FILM

Star date: 26th April 2017

NINE MINUTE FILM GIVES STORIES BEHIND LOOSE SPACE

"There's a lot of thought, a lot of time and a lot of passion gets put into these spaces ...we're trying to make democracy fair..."

Yesterday, passers-by gawped at a rooftop protest and an attempted eviction of Loose Space homeless campaigners on the roof of the old Cornerhouse art building on Oxford Road in Manchester.

Now a nine minute video has been released with footage of the eviction attempt together with people giving the reasons behind the occupation and why Loose Space and similar squats are everyone's issue.

Full details here...

 
 
TORY GOVERNMENT MOVE FROM DLA TO PIP LEAVING SALFORD DISABLED STRUGGLING TO MEET BASIC LIVING COSTS

Star date: 25th April 2017

CHARITY WARNS OF HARDSHIP FOR DLA CLAIMANTS FAILING PIP ASSESSMENTS

Poverty charity Turn2us is warning about how the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is leaving many people with a disability struggling to pay for basic living costs.

The impact of the Tory Government policy has been that many people who had been receiving DLA have not passed the PIP assessment, with consequent loss of benefits... "Not receiving PIP after previously receiving DLA can have sudden and devastating consequences at a time when people are least resilient" says Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LEADS THE WAY TO GET HOMELESS PEOPLE A VOTE

Star date: 25th April 2017

UNIQUE SALFORD REGISTRATION SCHEME WILL GIVE HOMELESS PEOPLE A VOTE

With the General Election looming, Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre has created a unique way to help hundreds of homeless people exercise their democratic right and become registered to vote.

After discussions with both Parliament and Salford City Council, anyone who is homeless will be able to use the Resource Centre's address to register to vote, and it is hoped that similar initiatives will spread throughout the country giving hundreds of thousands of people a vote, which could even swing the election.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR CANDIDATES SUPPORT FIGHT TO SAVE SALFORD DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME

Star date: 24th April 2017

SAVE THE GRANGE CAMPAIGN GETS SUPPORT FROM MAYOR HOPEFULS

Greater Manchester Mayor candidates who spoke to Save The Grange campaigners at a hustings event organised by the National Autistic Society have lent their support to the fight to keep open Salford's only residential home for disabled children.

Salford's Labour Council wants to shut The Grange but Lynda Barton, who spoke with the Labour Party Mayor hopeful Andy Burnham, told the Salford Star; "Andy said that to move children out of the borough is unacceptable...". Meanwhile, Salford City UNISON also continues to campaign to keep The Grange open.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS IN WEIGHTIST NOT RACIST STORM AS TEAM PROGRESS IN CHALLENGE CUP

Star date: 23rd April 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 29 TORONTO WOLFPACK 22

Salford Red Devils progressed in the Challenge Cup with a hard fought 29-22 victory over League 1 side Toronto Wolfpack. But the game was overshadowed by Justin Carney being sent off for alleged racism.

After the game, Salford coach Ian Watson didn't want to comment on the incident but Salford Star reporter, Simon Williams, was told by Carney that he was misheard...His remark could be construed as weightist but not racist...

Full details and match report here...

 
 
HUGE MANCHESTER MAY DAY FESTIVAL HAS ‘SAVE THE NHS’ THEME

Star date: 23rd April 2017

MARCH AND FESTIVAL FOR MANCHESTER MAY DAY

Saturday 29th April
11am May Day March from All Saints Park
12noon-4pm May Day Festival
Mechanics Institute and Sackville Gardens

This Saturday, 29th April, Manchester is promising its biggest ever May Day Festival, which begins with a march from All Saints Park to Sackville Gardens, and then continues all afternoon with a festival featuring workshops, stalls, theatre, music, film and speakers at the Mechanics Institute.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY RALLY

Star date: 23rd April 2017

OVER 51,000 DEATHS, HALF A MILLION INJURIES AND MILLIONS MADE ILL BY WORK EACH YEAR

International Workers' Memorial Day Rally
Friday 28th April 12noon-1pm
Lincoln Square, Manchester

On Friday 28th April, millions of workers across the world will remember those killed at and by work as part of International Workers' Memorial Day. In Manchester there's a rally in Lincoln Square, where speakers will include various trade union reps, Andy Burnham and Tracey Seward of Families Against Corporate Killers, which is organising the event alongside GM Hazards and the North West Trade Unions.

Full details here...

 
 
LAUNCH FOR UNIQUE HISTORICAL WEBSITE OF MANCHESTER AND SALFORD WOMEN’S TUC

Star date: 23rd April 2017

IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY...

Manchester and Salford Women's Trades Union Council 1895-1919
Saturday 29th April 2:15pm
Mechanics Institute, Manchester

A unique, nationally significant, web archive on the birth of women and trade unions is to be launched next Saturday with an event hosted by the Mary Quaile Club. The website features minutes and info on the Manchester and Salford Women's Trades Union Council (1895-1919), which was formed specifically to organise low paid women workers into trade unions. So relevant to the now...

Full details here...

 
 
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY HITS SALFORD

Star date: 22nd April 2017

SALFORD VENUES COME ALIVE WITH THE SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY

Sounds From The Other City
Sunday April 30th 3pm-4am
Various Venues

Hitting loads of venues along Chapel Street and beyond next weekend is Sounds From The Other City, a celebration of new music and performance with a wild variety of top bands and tunes. Here, Ian Leslie previews the fest and meets Horsebeach.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MINERS PLAQUE UNVEILED FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Star date: 22nd April 2017

MADGE KELLY AND HARRY DAVIES HONOURED AT AGECROFT

Madge Kelly and Harry Davies, Salford community activists and co-founders of the Irwell Valley Mining Project, were honoured this afternoon as a plaque was unveiled in their memory at the miners monument on Agecroft Road.

It was part of the annual Salford International Workers Memorial Day ceremony to remember those who perished in the pits.

Full details here...

 
 
ED SHEERAN ON FILM IS THE LAST WISH OF SALFORD TERMINAL CANCER WOMAN

Star date: 22nd April 2017

CAN SOMEONE BRING A VIRTUAL ED SHEERAN TO SALFORD?

Stacey Mottram's auntie, Louise, age 43, has terminal cancer and little time left. Stacey bought her tickets to see Ed Sheeran, who is playing the Manchester Arena tonight and tomorrow but Louise is just too ill to go...

...So all Stacey wants is to get hold of a film of the concert so her auntie can see Ed in all his glory as one of her last wishes. Can this be so difficult to sort?

Full details here...

 
 
GREENPEACE TARGETS COCA-COLA OVER PLASTIC OCEAN POLLUTION

Star date: 22nd April 2017

CALL COKE CAMPAIGN AIMS FOR CHANGE

'When enough of us get together, we're an unstoppable force for good...'

Today is Earth Day, which this year sits right in the middle of a campaign by Greenpeace to pressure Coca-Cola to stop polluting the planet with its plastic bottles.

After 80,000 emails were sent to Coke's CEO, the environment group now wants people to phone the company direct to get the message across... "Coca-Cola has a unique responsibility to drastically reduce its plastic footprint and stop its products from choking our oceans" states Greenpeace.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON SET TO BE TRANSFORMED IN SECRET MASTERPLAN

Star date: 21st April 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PAYS URBAN VISION £200,000 FOR SWINTON TRANSFORMATION MASTERPLAN

Swinton is set to be 'transformed', with Salford Council ordering a 'masterplan' of proposals, although the details are being kept completely secret at this stage from the public.

The cash-strapped Council agreed this week to hand over £200,000 to its joint venture company, Urban Vision, for four months work, to come up with the masterplan, which will include a new leisure centre on the re-tarted Civic Centre 'campus', at a cost of £11.9million.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR SURVEY FINDS ALMOST 70% OF SALFORD PEOPLE CAN’T NAME A SINGLE CANDIDATE

Star date: 20th April 2017

86% OF PEOPLE KNOW THERE'S A GM MAYOR ELECTION BUT FEW CAN NAME ANY CANDIDATES

Today the Salford Star took to Salford Precinct to gauge people's knowledge of the Greater Manchester Mayor Election on May 4th – and found that, while the vast majority knew about the ballot and intended to vote, 69% couldn't name a single candidate, while the other 31% could only name one candidate, Andy Burnham.

Full details here...

 
 
JUDGE DAMNS SALFORD COUNCIL IN “SERIOUSLY FLAWED” DISABILITY HOUSING REVIEW

Star date: 19th April 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL'S "SERIALLY FLAWED" DISABILITY HOUSING REVIEW "DID NOT COME CLOSE...IN APPLYING EQUALITY DUTY" STATES JUDGE

Today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Salford City Council was absolutely damned in the findings of Judge Main, who ruled that its review of accommodation for a physically and mentally disabled man was "seriously flawed", "serially failed" and "does not come close to satisfying the requisite legal test in applying the 'equality duty'".

Costs were awarded against cash-strapped Salford Council, which are believed to be greater than the cost of actually moving the man to a suitable property in the first place.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD UNIVERSITY ‘EXPERTS’ DON’T GIVE LABOUR PARTY A SNIFF IN GENERAL ELECTION

Star date: 18th April 2017

AS 'SELFISH'...'RUTHLESS'...THERESA MAY CALLS ELECTION, SALFORD UNI PROFESSORS PREDICT LOW TURNOUT, LABOUR LOSSES, LIB DEM GAINS

As Greater Manchester voters are still coming to terms with the GM Mayor Election on May 4th, today Theresa May has called a General Election on June 8th.

Four 'politics and business experts' at the University of Salford have given their reactions, which include a prediction that the Labour Party will get "fewer than 200 seats", that "only the Lib Dem vote could upset the apple cart", and that turnout could possibly fall "below the 59.4 per cent of 2001"...and a slating of "ruthless", "opportunistic" "selfish" Tories

See full reactions here...

 
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