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Contaminated blood inquiry: “People should go to jail” says Wythenshawe victim

16701439376_6112956332_qA public inquiry into contaminated blood leading to the deaths of thousands of people has been welcomed by a Wythenshawe victim who has called for perpetrators to be jailed over the scandal.

A recent parliamentary report found that  about 7,500 patients, who had been given blood transfusions were infected by imported blood products contaminated with plasma from donors including prison inmates in the US, who sold their blood.

More than 2,400 people have died from Hepatitis and HIV caused by the blood contamination.

As previously reported by the Wythenshawe Reporter, two of the victims are Fred Bates and Peter Mossman, both from Wythenshawe.

And  the government has announced a public inquiry will be launched to get to the bottom of the cause of the scandal more than 30 years ago, described as the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Read More…

Housing group will consider installing sprinklers to ensure tower block safety


“All options” will be considered

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group says it will consider fitting sprinkler systems to its tower blocks if that is what is required to maintain the safety of residents.

The Group, which runs social housing in Wythenshawe, has been reviewing fire safety in its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in the North Kensington, London in which at least 79 people have died.

Cladding is already being removed from the Group’s Village 135 complex for elderly people in Wythenshawe and The Reporter put a number of questions to the landlord about other aspects of fire safety, raised by residents. Read More…

Wythenshawe MP praises landlord and fire service for removing tower block cladding

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe MP Mike Kane has praised Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and the fire service after cladding was removed from a tower block in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Mr Kane said earlier this week he understood that none of Wythenshawe’s tower blocks were fitted with cladding which has been associated with the rapid spread of the London fire in which at least 79 people killed or are missing presumed dead.

But after a review by landlord, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service, cladding was removed from one of the blocks.

In a statement, Mr Kane said: “We are all shocked by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. Our thoughts are with those who are affected by the fire, and we are grateful to the emergency services who responded so rapidly and bravely. It is vital that we get to the bottom of how this fire happened, hold those responsible to account, and do what is needed to make sure it does not happen again.

“Wythenshawe Community Housing Group responded quickly following the fire and have been working with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the safety of their tenants. They have inspected all blocks and where cladding was present this has been sent off for testing. This processes has identified an issue with some of the panelling on Village 135 and immediate steps are being taken to remove the panelling.  However the view of the Fire & Rescue Service is that Village 135 is a safe building.

“I am grateful to WCHG and GMFRS for their swift response and the steps they are taking to ensure that residents are safe and have the necessary reassurances about fire safety in their their homes.”

Cladding removed from Wythenshawe tower block following review by landlord

Wythenshawe Community Housing which runs social housing in the town says it is removing cladding from a tower block in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London.

The social landlord said in a statement today it is working with the Greater Manchester Fire service on a comprehensive review of tower blocks in Wythenshawe.

They’ve confirmed they began removing 78 panels today from part of their Village 135 scheme.

The statement following comments earlier this week from Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane that note of the tower blocks in the town have cladding association with the rapid spread of the fire at Grenfell.

WCHG Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said: “I want to reassure all our residents we take their safety very seriously. We immediately commissioned an extensive review of all our 10 tower blocks following this tragedy, which has flagged up a small area of failed panels on one scheme. We have taken immediate action and are in the process of having these panels removed and are working closely with the Local Authority and Greater Manchester Fire Brigade”.

Chair of the Board, The Bishop of Manchester, The Right Revd David Walker said: “WCHG have reacted without delay commissioning this review, following this terrible tragedy, the safety of our residents is our first priority and immediate action is now being taken to resolve this”.

Greater Manchester Fire Service said: “Following Village 135’s test results, we have conducted a fire risk audit, which has concluded that this building is safe for all its residents. We are happy with WCHG’s active and passive fire systems.”

Wythenshawe tower blocks “do not have Grenfell-style cladding” says MP

DSC_0131MP Mike Kane has assured residents living in tower blocks in Wythenshawe that none are fitted with the controversial cladding linked to Grenfell Tower tragedy in London last week.

The rapid spread of the fire in which at least 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead, is still being investigated but has been attributed to the use of a type of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding which is banned in Europe and, according to Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, is also banned in the UK.

Councils and housing associations across the country have been ordered to urgently check whether the tower blocks in their areas have been cladded using similar materials to those at the Grenfell Tower. Read More…

General election 2017: Live coverage of the Wythenshawe and other Manchester results as they happen

It’s the day of reckoning. Tonight is the climax of one of the most extraordinary general election campaigns ever. Join the Wythenshawe reporter from about 11pm for what could be a rollercoaster journey. Click here for our live blog.

Mike Kane has held Wythenshawe for Labour, polling 28,525 votes. The result was announced by Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman.

Mr Kane paid tribute to the Mayor for his leadership in the aftermath of the terror attack in the city and praised emergency services. He said Prime Minister Theresa May had made a major miscalculation believing she could achieve a hard Brexit.

Both Jeff Smith who held Withington and Lucy Powell who held Manchester Central with more than 38,000 votes said their results were “humbling”.

Graham Stringer held Blackley and Broughton for Labour.

And there will be a new Labour MP in Parliament after former Manchester Lord Mayor, Afzal Khan held the seat with 35,085 votes. Defeated reality TV star George Galloway, who hoped to stage a political comeback, did a Theresa May and didn’t stick around for the result. He polled 2650 votes.

Afzal Khan paid tribute to Gerald Kauffman, the veteran Gorton MP who died earlier this year, calling him a “tireless campaigner for Manchester”.

The final result of the election is a hung parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. Critics have already pointed out the party’s position on Brexit which appears at odds with the Tories’ position and it’s “historical links with Loyalist paramilitaries”.


General election 2017: Candidate statement – Fiona Green, Conservative

thumbnail_fiona-4-bikeAs 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 Conservative candidate, Fiona Green.

I have lived here for nearly 20 years, studied here, worked here and raised my family here. I care about our community. That is why I have been involved in many local voluntary projects, such as “Street Advice”.

Through my voluntary and mediation work I know that when people work with each other, they can take control of what they want to see locally, tap into local expertise and achieve great things.

I don’t drive, so understand the importance of improving our public transport and having cycle lanes where sensible. I would fight for a community-run rail link between Stockport, Northenden, Baguley and the Airport.  This would also help reduce congestion on our roads in South Manchester.

We need more affordable housing to enable people here to get on the property ladder. I support proposals to build more homes and council houses and enable tenants to purchase them after a qualifying period. We should work together as a community to ensure homes are built in the right places so our Green Spaces remain protected.

Litter affects all of us, blighting our parks and spoiling our high streets. To tackle this anti-social behaviour and protect our environment, I support resident initiatives to clear up litter. Offenders on community sentences should help councils clear up litter and fly-tipping waste.

We need to support our NHS and our great teaching hospital in Wythenshawe. I support proposals to increase mental health staff by 10,000, ensuring quicker access to services and having workers in every school trained in mental health issues.

There are wider National issues, such as continuing to meet our 2% defence spending commitment, keeping control of our budget, improving social care and maintaining pension income giving people dignity in retirement.

Conservatives introduced the National Living Wage. Nationally some 4 million people on the lowest wages no longer have to pay income tax. Both have boosted income. Unemployment has fallen substantially since 2010. However to support further job and wage growth, I would like to see Wythenshawe become a leader in the digital and scientific industry.

To achieve this we need to continue with Conservative success in improving education standards and introducing Technical A- levels. I support initiatives to help businesses and colleges work together to provide education opportunities and apprenticeships for all ages.

I would be proud to serve Wythenshawe and Sale East as its MP to help us to realise these aims.

Most of all we need a strong Conservative mandate to strengthen Theresa May’s hand in providing a strong and stable leadership in the Brexit negotiations facing the country.

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