General Election 2017: Candidate statement – Daniel Jerrome, Green Party

dan potraitAs part of our general election coverage The Reporter aims to publish statements from each of the candidates standing in Wythenshawe and Sale East. Today it is the turn of Green Party candidate, Daniel Jerrome.

I’m proud to be representing Wythenshawe and Sale East in the forthcoming General Election. As a local Green Party campaigner, I’ve spoken to thousands of local people about the issues that matter to them. They tell me about the drastic cuts to local services leaving areas neglected, the dangerous roads with little enforcement or investment, the lack of affordable housing, and an Education and NHS being sorely underfunded.

We have a chance to say no to the continued austerity imposed by this government. The Green Party seeks to provide an economy that is based on social and environmental justice. We will fight hard to maintain the EU regulations on the environment, pollution, and employment, that could be lost under a ‘Tory Hard Brexit’ and that have served to protect us.

I’m a qualified media librarian who has studied and worked in Greater Manchester over the last six years. I’m passionate about standing up for local people and delivering a Green message that offers hope. We want to make Britain a leader in renewable technologies, create a public transport system that is integrated and delivers for all. We’re also working to create a Universal Basic Income, so no person is marginalised and everyone is given a chance to contribute to our economy.

This is our chance to create a fair society with Green ideas: 500,000 new socially rented homes, stricter rules for landlords and investing in sustainable efficient housing. We will reverse the decline in the NHS and completely reverse the privatisation undertaken by Labour, the Lib Dems and Tories and make sure it is free at the point of access. Tuition fees will be scrapped giving everyone the aspirations they deserve and we need to make sure that teachers and support staff aren’t being lost due to budget cuts.

We’re investing not only in the short term but looking at decades to come, that’s why we will give 16’s and over the vote. We need your voice in helping to protect our environment, we need your support in the urgent battle to avert catastrophic climate change and we need to tell governments that we want clean air to breathe. We can prosper and protect our environment. We are the only party that consistently raises these issues. I will use my role as candidate to challenge and hold the other parties to account.

Dan Jerrome Green Party candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East promoted by Manchester Green Party on behalf of Brian Candeland, 13 Devonshire Road, M21 8XB.

“Hope must win” – Wythenshawe head teacher’s defiant message following family’s terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school whose family were injured following  Monday night’s bomb attack at the Manchester Arena has spoken about their ordeal.

Manchester Enterprise Academy principal James Eldon praised NHS staff after his wife underwent surgery following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert which left 22 dead and 59 injured.

Mr Eldon also praised a taxi driver who drove his wife to hospital. Mrs Eldon was at the concert with their daughter.

The family’s ordeal comes just weeks after Mr Eldon himself was caught up in the Westminster attack. Mr Eldon was in the House of Commons when a man drove into tourists on Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer in March.

Manchester Lord Mayor pays tribute to victims of “most horrific incident” faced by the city

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Manchester’s Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman, has paid tribute to victims.of the bombing in the city which has so far left 22 dead and dozens injured.

And the William Temple Church in Wythenshawe Civic Centre, Simonsway is open this morning or anyone who would like to light a candle, or spend time in reflection and prayer.

 

The city council’s deputy leader and fellow Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy added:

Greater Manchester Police suspect the attack, in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following a concert by the singer Ariana Grande was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack conducted by one man. In a statement, he said: ““This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.”

Organisations and people across Wythenshawe have given their reaction  to the events on social media, including councillors, schools, colleges, sports clubs.

Entertainer Rowetta,  expressed solidarity with the victims.

General Election 2017: Candidate statement – William Jones, Liberal Democrats

 

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William Jones

As part of our general election coverage The Reporter aims to publish statements from each of the candidates standing in Wythenshawe and Sale East. Today it is the turn of Liberal Democrat candidate, William Jones.

 

William joined the Liberal Democrats in 2005 as  identified with their core beliefs and policies for a fairer democracy, and is determined to help change Britain’s future. Chair of the Trafford Liberal Democrats, he is an experienced candidate having stood in multiple local council elections

An active volunteer around Trafford he established the Sale Wombles litter picking group in 2012 and is also chair of the Friends of Pickering Lodge Park in Timperley. William has also sat as a school governor and chair of governors at Manor High Secondary School for special needs children between 2011 and 2016.

William has worked in the Information Technology sector since graduating from university in 1994  is currently a lead architect working at DXC Technology to design clinical and administrative software to health care providers worldwide including the NHS.

William believes democracy needs more people from diverse backgrounds in parliament, so voters can be confident that their elected representative understands their needs and can apply this understanding to helping people in their day-to-day lives.

Issues fighting on in the election:

1)  Giving Wythenshawe and Sale East the opportunity to control our destiny and change the direction of the country on Brexit by negotiating a deal with the remaining members of the EU.  Then that deal would be put to a referendum of accept it and leave or reject it and rejoin our European partners in the EU.  The country did not vote for hard brexit on 23 June 2016 that meant leaving the single market and customs union endangering the living standards of every voter in Wythenshawe and Sale East.

2)  The NHS is in crisis and we see this crisis day to day in Wythenshawe and Sale East in adult social care and in Wythenshawe hospital with extreme pressure on A&E.  We need to be realistic and pay more for our NHS with some increase in taxation necessary to support it through this difficult period.  Details on this will be available at our manifesto launch.

3)  Standards of Living – the Tories believe they have this election ‘in the bag’ and plan to have a post election budget in late June.  After 2015 they had some nasty surprises for voters. In 2017 those nasty surprises are likely to be in the form of removal of the pensions triple lock (brought in by Lib Dem minister Steve Webb) hitting pensioners incomes for many years to come and the self employed are likely to be hit too with rises in national insurance that the chancellor tried to introduce in his March budget but had to u-turn.  There is also the Brexit elephant in the room, we just don’t know how much taxes may have to rise to get the UK through the stormy waters of Brexit.  Lib Dems will be keeping the triple lock, after all we introduced it and its a good policy, protecting pensioners incomes and we will be the friend of the self employed by helping them and not taxing them.

Manchester’s new Lord Mayor makes appeal for mutual respect

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Lord Mayor Cllr Eddy Newman

Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman has begun his year in office as Manchester’s new Lord Mayor with a message to promote unity and mutual respect in the City’s communities.

The Liverpool-born former Member of the European Parliament has lived in Manchester since 1974 and has been councillor for Woodhouse Park since 2002

Eddy worked as a postal officer, and was elected a representative for the Communication Workers Union in Greater Manchester in 1979.

He first served as a Manchester Councillor for Blackley from 1979 to 1985, and then as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Greater Manchester Central from 1984 to 1999.

As an MEP Eddy led a campaign against the waste of the ‘Food Mountains’, demanding that the food stored there should be distributed to the public. Later he became Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee of Petitions.

Since his return to Manchester City Council in 2002 Eddy has represented Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe.

He has specialised in housing and health, as well as representing his constituents on a range of matters.

He said his proudest achievement in local government has been working with colleagues to secure a thriving youth, community and sports centre – the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre which opened in 2006.

Eddy became the city council’s Executive Member responsible for housing from 2004 to 2008 and has been Chair of the Boards of Willow Park Housing Trust and of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. He also chaired the city council’s Health Scrutiny Committee from 2011 to 2015.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “It’s been a privilege to serve the residents of Blackley

and Woodhouse Park during my time as a councillor and it will now be an honour to represent all of Manchester as Lord Mayor.

“I look forward to engaging and connecting with the people of Manchester during my term. I’ve been a lifelong campaigner against racism and am proud to be able to represent Manchester, a welcoming, inclusive city that celebrates all of its diverse communities.”

Councillor Newman was a member of Manchester City Council’s Community Cohesion Board from 2007 to 2012. His theme for his Mayoral year is to promote community cohesion and mutual respect amongst and between Manchester’s diverse communities and individuals.

Eddy is married to Sheila, who is a Councillor for Chorlton. They have three grown-up daughters.

His daughter Naomi will serve as Lady Mayoress for the first six months of his term, and his wife Sheila will serve as Lady Mayoress for the second six months.

 

Voters urged to register as Wythenshawe general election candidates are announced

30264918325_3b2a09305c_mWith four weeks to go to the general election, Wythenshawe’s candidates have been announced today.

As expected, Mike Kane will defend the seat we first won in a by-election in 2013 for Labour. The party launched it’s election campaign earlier this week.

Fiona Green, who contested the seat in the 2015 general election has been chosen again as the candidate for the Conservative Party and William Jones, from Timperley will represent the Liberal Democrats.

Dan Jerome is the candidate for the Green Party  and UKIP will be represented by Mike Bayley-Sanderson.  There will also be an independent candidate, Luckson Francis Augustine.

Manchester City Council has warned that people will not be able to vote on 8 June unless they have registered by Monday 22 May, and anyone who has moved recently should ensure their address details are correct.

Anyone who is on the electoral register can also register to vote by post or choose to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf – particularly as the upcoming General Election falls during the holiday season.

Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on 23 May.

The deadline to appoint a proxy is 5pm on 31 May.

Anyone wishing to register can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to download a registration form.

Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “It is important that everyone in this city has a voice and that they have their voice heard, but to do this it is vital that you are registered to vote. Anyone who is not registered is urged to do so as soon as possible to make sure you can use your vote on 8 June.”

General Election 2017: Corbyn visits Wythenshawe and pledges to transform Britain in favour of “the many, not the few”

Jeremy Corbyn visited Wythenshawe shopping centre after launching Labour’s general election campaign in Manchester, when he accused the Tories of holding Britain back.

The Labour leader was well received as he chatted to local people to get the party’s message across with four weeks to go to the general election when Mike Kane will be defending the Wythenshawe and Sale East seat for the party in four weeks time.

Among the dozens of people he talked to was Liz Curran, aged 63, from Peel Hall who was impressed by Mr Corbyn. She told the Reporter: “He seemed like a good guy. I hope he is elected for the sake of working people in places like Wythenshawe.”

Mr Corbyn arrived at Wythenshawe Forum in the party’s battle bus on Tuesday, emblazoned with the election slogan “for the many not the few”,

He said Labour would transform Britain to roll back attacks on working class people and highlighted the bedroom tax, the  closure of Sure Start children’s centres and cuts in disability benefits introduced when Tory Prime Minister Theresa May was a government minister.

Labour has so far promised to ban zero hours contracts, stop parking charges at hospitals, affordable homes, a fully funded NHS and change an economy which is “rigged in favour of the rich and powerful.”

He said: “There is no doubt this country is being held back. If your children are not getting the education they deserve because the class sizes are too high, then your children are being held back. If you’re a young couple, anyone trying to get a home, and can’t make a home because rent and house prices are too high, then you’re being held back.

“If you’ve worked hard all your life, but you can’t pursue your dreams of retirement because you’re supporting your family well into their adulthood, then you too are being held back.

“Don’t wake on up on 9 June to see celebrations from the tax cheats, the press barons, the greedy bankers, Philip Green, the Southern Rail directors and crooked financiers that take our wealth, who have got away with it because the party they own, the Conservative Party, has won.

“We have four weeks to ruin their party! We have four weeks to have a chance to take our wealth back.”

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Labour candidate Mike Kane said: “Jeremy got a fantastic reception from local people today and we now have 30 days to get our message across to return a Labour government on June 8.

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