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SALFORD MAYOR IAN STEWART TO STAND DOWN IN MAY 2016
 

Star date: 18th November 2015

FIRST AND WORST ELECTED SALFORD MAYOR TO QUIT

As revealed a year ago by the Salford Star, controversial Salford Mayor Ian Stewart is set to stand down in May next year. At today's meeting of Salford City Council, Stewart made the formal announcement, after earlier proclaiming he was `the listening mayor'...

Now the race is on to find Stewart's successor, with Labour Party councillors already declaring an interest, and one potential candidate censured at a fractious Labour group meeting last night...

Full details here...


Salford Mayor Ian Stewart Quits Salford mayor Ian Stewart quits
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Ian Stewart, Salford's first elected Mayor, today announced formally that he is set to stand down before next May's mayoral election. At the end of today's meeting of the full council, Stewart declared his intention to quit...

"There's been much speculation about things, one of them my future, whether I intend to stand again for a second term...I will be standing down" he said, adding "But this isn't the end. All that's happening is that we're coming to the next phase of the assault course. And because we in the Labour Party work as a team I will be handing that baton over...looking after the interests of the people of this city. "

In the meantime, Stewart added "It's going to be business as usual...in trying to mitigate the worst effects of the Government's austerity measures in the interests of the people of this city...there's a lot more hard work to do before you see the back of me..."

Councillor Bill Hinds thanked Stewart, who had been "under the microscope like never before to do what he's had to do; and the flak that he's had to take from all quarters, he's done that with the utmost integrity..." 

Ian Stewart was elected as the first Salford City Mayor in 2012 and, in the four years in which he will have earned £276,000 from the role, he has overseen the sell-off of the city's remaining council house stock, the almost total privatisation of adult social services and huge cuts to public services; while presiding over the Salford Reds scandal and the funding of prestige projects, including the £200,000 a year Greengate Fountains and £40,000 bridge beauty contest.

When elected, Stewart promised "a changing model of governance... we as a Council must be more open and transparent with the public. I will seek to generate that openness and transparency in future…"

In fact, the very opposite has happened, with the Information Commissioner's Office itself having to monitor Salford Council's ways of dealing with Freedom of Information requests. Meanwhile, Labour Party spin doctor, Matt Finnegan, was employed in the `politically restricted' role as head of PR, was later to be found spinning for the Labour Party and had to resign.

Parents of disabled people have been branded `rent-a-crowd', while others who have challenged his policies have been labelled `extremists' and `liars'. The Salford Star itself was called `evil' in a mayoral tweet. The Salford Star ran a full charge list of Mayoral Misdeeds is the last printed issue (to read an electronic copy - click here). At today's meeting of Salford Council, Stewart described himself as "the listening mayor"...

Now the race is on to find the Labour Party candidate to stand at the next election in May 2016, with Councillor Paul Dennett, who has never publicly challenged any of the Mayor's decisions or actions, seen as the Stewart clique's chosen one.

Meanwhile, Councillor Paul Wilson who announced that he was intending to stand as a possible Labour Party mayoral candidate before today's official announcement, was last night dragged before a meeting of Salford Labour Group to be censured.

Councillor Wilson had promised "integrity and transparency" in his letter to potential supporters, adding that he would "protect the City of Salford and deliver front line essential services, and not those costly prestige projects that so many people have criticised..."

Sources have told the Salford Star that the vote to remove the Labour whip from the councillor was incredibly narrow – leaving the Salford Labour Party split down the middle and at war with itself. Such is the result of the "changing model of governance" that Stewart promised...


More details on Councillor Wilson's witch hunt - click here


• For full details on Ian Stewart's time as Mayor see last November's Salford Star article which first revealed he was standing down – click here.

Angry Labour wrote
at 06:31:58 on 18 January 2016
I agree Spliter. Checking letters sent. 1st from labor's procedures secretary (inviting to make a nomination) dated 14 Jan. Posted out arriving to members 15 Jan. Allowing time to fill in, sign it and return to labor's procedures secretary. When received back at impartial procedures secretary it is then validated. Valid nominated person can then buy salford members database/names/addresses for £12. How cum a Councillor's leaflet ARRIVES at labor party members homes on 16 Jan by post / printed and addressed. Seems like the list used must have been pre-accessed. I think Paul Wilson should demand an internal inquiry. Was Wilson discriminated by Labour. Worst is there a reason to question the role of the Proceduers Secretary or any others in the labor camp? I smell fish.
 
Labour Spliter wrote
at 17:33:11 on 17 January 2016
Labour double standard? Having watched Cllur Wilson be expelled for sending support letters too early I hear Cllur Donnut has sent out own letters already calling for supporting him for the job. but Labour shortlisting is not yet took place. Maybe Mr Cllur Donnut should be forced to walk the walk of Wilson by being second salford labour councillor to get kicked out of the group. Would timetable mean him then not being eligible for the favoured job?
 
Tahir Chakotai (Independant Housing Advocate) wrote
at 09:15:22 on 19 November 2015
I'm utterly delighted to hear that Ian Stewart is standing down. This man has ignored the needs of the vulnerable and refuses to communicate with those who disagree with his policies. Let's just hope that the next elected mayor will listen to the disabled communities of Salford, and attempt to resolve the problems caused by Ian Stewart.
 
Good riddance wrote
at 21:47:12 on 18 November 2015
Worse thing to ever happen to this city - a view shared by residents and council officers ! Let's hope we get something better but with Dithering Dennett (I can't make a decision) waiting on the sideline it's not hopeful.
 
Michael F in Salford wrote
at 19:13:37 on 18 November 2015
I would like to thank Ian for all the good things he has done. However, I give criticism on all the things not achieved. Now let us have a Free Mayor - one that will do this Honor post for nothing, saving Salford £278,000 with a deputy mayor cut by £18k a year to save another £72,000 and I want to see deputies cut to 5 max. That puts another £400,000(total £750,000) back into local Salford services during the four year's honor of office. If Councillors do not like it they can let others in Salford step forward in their place. Have a lovely retirement Mr Stewart and enjoy clearing your desk for Salford's future. My vision was and still is very different to what Labour created.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 17:34:10 on 18 November 2015
@Joe, I think you're right but a *National Party* in control of a *Local Council* is obviously never going to be fair or democratic. If local people want real FAIRNESS, it's obvious we need to be electing LOCAL PEOPLE NOT NATIONAL PARTIES. We also need to stop the national parties infecting DevoManc with their insidious presence, otherwise that will be just another expensive, unfair, chaotic mess that we will suffer while the big parties shirk all responsibility
 
noreen bailey wrote
at 14:44:19 on 18 November 2015
I wrote this last year but I have a lot more to say yet I cant say I wish him ell because of all the injustices he has done to our beautiful city I only hope one day he will realise the things ha has done without any consideration to our most vulnerable people of Salford just like this government he put the rich first and I would love to sit face to face with this man so he can ell me why he could put the people who did not need help first and to tell me why he thought my boys who are totally dependent for all their needs did not fit the criteria for help too and from the day centres I haven't finished yet bit please watch this space MR STEWART Well MR STEWART you told us we couldn’t come You did not want us there You thought that we would show you up you thought we would cuss and swear But oh how we did show you just what Salford people could do So honest and outspoken people not hypocrites like you Oh MR STEWART what can you do resign and go and hide some where Just like all the cowards do We will stand tall we will all unite we will sort our city out Without the help of our city mayor for you are just a load of tripe So please can you take your merry men where you can’t do any harm May be to a faraway place we could only call animal farm ©noreen2014
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 14:44:14 on 18 November 2015
The first by nature would always be the worst,but the reality is we where promised things that even with the Tory cuts Mr Stewart could have delivered. Politics is a dirty game but even he must have concerns over Transparency which failed to materialise, the Rugby club fiasco must be a millstone around his or the successors neck,when you fail in your pledge of openness you loose respect and i for one previous to his appointment did have respect that had long gone. I still struggle to understand how he could allow so many jobs for the boys,how in gods name could we allow someone to claim £8.000 for the position of assistant Mayor of international relations?and assistant Mayor for housing when we have no homes. Labour once stood as the bastion of the working class today in disarray overshadowed by the left and a fresh batch of politicians with little interest than the name and the financial rewards it brings.
 
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