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IS THIS THE QUIETEST SALFORD GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN EVER?
 

Star date: 18th May 2017

NO GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS IN ANY OF SALFORD'S THREE SEATS YET

Is this the quietest General Election campaign ever in Salford? During the 2015 there were a multitude of candidates, and hustings all over the city giving voters a chance to grill candidates. This time, there are fewer parties, while the Salford Star has not heard of one such public meeting in any of Salford's three seats.

The nearest the city will get to a hustings, it seems, is tonight's ITV Leaders' Debate being broadcast live from Salford's MediaCity at 8pm minus the leaders of the two main parties!

Full details here...


In 2015, democracy briefly flowered in Salford with seven parties contesting the Salford and Eccles seat, including Bez standing for the Reality Party. In Worsley and Eccles South, there were eight candidates.

Lively hustings were held all over the city, complete with the Bez battle bus, a hoarding on Chapel Street and a street party near Salford Precinct. The Pirate Party and TUSC also added to the debate.

Cut to 2017, and the Salford Star hasn't been informed of one single public hustings in any of the city's three constituencies, where candidates can be grilled by voters.

Meanwhile, five parties are standing in Salford and Eccles, while only four are to stand in Worsley and Eccles South. Blackley and Broughton has six parties standing, with the Christian People's Alliance adding to, what are now, the usual Labour, Tories, LibDem, Greens and UKIP*.

The nearest the city is going to get to a General Election hustings, it seems, is the ITV Leaders' Debate that is being broadcast live tonight at 8pm from Salford's MediaCityUK.

This will feature Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron; SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon; UKIP leader, Paul Nuttal; Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood and a leader from the Green Party, either Caroline Lucas or Jonathan Bartley. Neither Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, or Conservative Party leader, Theresa May, would appear.

Meanwhile, the Salford Star emailed Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, back in March (and before the election was even called) asking for an interview. Rebecca Long-Bailey still hasn't responded.

At the recent election for Greater Manchester Mayor, Salford had the worst turnout in Greater Manchester, while during the recent Kersal ward by-election the Star understands that the turnout in the Lower Kersal area was just 10%.


If anyone gets wind of any General Election hustings please inform the Salford Star.


*For a full list of candidates standing in all the Salford seats click here

white wrote
at 1:47:55 PM on Friday, May 19, 2017
Michael P We aren't all able to get out and about. And, why do you think that I am a Labour supporter or member? Nothing I wrote gives any clue to my political affiliation.

In the Thick of It wrote
at 11:49:40 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017
Perhaps we spoke too soon about leaflets....I got one through the post today from Queen Bee "Becca" Long-Bailey, and an hand delivered Newspaper from UKIP with a mini-poster in it! I recognised him...Chris Barnes was one of cheeky cheerful local bus drivers. He'll probably get my vote (not that I can support some of UKIPs extreme policies)..at least he has lived here a long long time, knows the area and wants a proper bus station in the Precinct from what I remember from his leaflet last year!

Michael P wrote
at 9:11:21 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017
"Never mind leaflets and hustings. I have been voting since 1965. In all that time I have only been approached once, at home or in the street, by any canvasser or candidate." So why not get out there yourself and canvass? I've always voted Labour, but tomorrow will be my first time canvassing. Jez needs all the help we can get. Why are you sat there waiting for someone to come to you when you'll vote Labour anyway, why not help persuade someone else to vote Labour??

Shocked by Labour wrote
at 8:35:51 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017
Thinking of voting Labour? Check out the Labour Salford nominators list and read Mr Lewis Bowers is backing the Labour woman - then read the facebook. Am shocked to see on 11th April 2016 the entry "Dying of cancer - Fk you - get a job". Please tell use this is not the Labour candidates hubby! https://www.salford.gov.uk/media/390530/spn-and-nop-salford-and-eccles.pdf ---- https://www.facebook.com/LewisJohnBowers

Alice wrote
at 5:52:55 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017
When people feel they can't change the situation they give up. The Labour Party is embedded in Salford for social and historic reasons. In 1838 on Kersal Moor, 30,000 people gathered for a Chartist political meeting.....now that's a meeting! People then had something to fight for. Not now; it's already decided. If some sparkling speaker with radical ideas appears maybe that would stir this inertia. I am stuck with Graham Stringer, far from a sparkling speaker, but he is Labour and, because I want Jetemy Corbyn, who is radical, to win, I will vote for Graham Stringer. Anything to remove Tories who are destroying all I believe in.

white wrote
at 1:45:00 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017
Never mind leaflets and hustings. I have been voting since 1965. In all that time I have only been approached once, at home or in the street, by any canvasser or candidate. That was the blessed Hazel, who I think was a little worried about how things might be going.

Retired socalist wrote
at 9:35:32 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Star date 2017 the quietest Salford ELECTION ON RECORD. Well Labours Queen Bee Long bailey as put nothing through the doors where I live, perhaps she is that confidents the apathetic Salford Electorate will vote Labour so why bother, The unions tell me she will stick to the National campaign, well if the gossip is right that she fancies Corbyns job why bother working Salford. The Tory is a Parachute boy only the Tory Cllr in Worsley will get a Leaflet, so what's left? the Libs Pushing dope, the Greens well lets not go there and UKIP,Well any consolation at least their put a leaflet through. So he gets my vote the rest not worth a scribble on the ballot paper

Salford Star wrote
at 5:06:11 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017
See Lol's comment below...Don't think that is a fair comment re Jeremy Corbyn. He couldn't even meet his own supporters as he was constantly jostled by the press scrum. The poor guy could hardly walk back to his bus never mind go to the other side of the Precinct to meet the 'true people of Salford'!

Lol wrote
at 5:01:34 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Labour as ever, I Think they don't need to campaign because they will automatically win Look what happened In Kersal, people of Salford have just had enough of three weekly bin cycles , rubbish everywhere , lack of investment to the people,simple matter is labour just do not care for people anymore look at Mr Corbyn last week, talking to labour members but would not speak to the true people Salford that's what Labour do.

Simon Zaccagni wrote
at 5:01:19 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017
The 2015 general election was known about well in advance, so with this one being a snap election and one that nobody was expecting i think it's only fair to expect the campaigns to be a little less organised than 2015.

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