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”.
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 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.
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 Independent candidate, Dr Luckson Francis Augustine.
As a Sale resident, Luckson is honoured to have been selected to stand as Independent Parliamentary M.P candidate in the coming General Election on the 8th June 2017.As an experienced Politician, Businessman, Volunteer and campaigner, Luckson knows that community safety and services are very important to all of us.
Luckson is promising to all voters that if he would be selected as M. P for, Wythenshawe and Sale East , every resident in this constituency can contact him directly on his mobile number. Also, if he is in the constituency, every day any resident can meet him at his Sale home from 10 am until 12pm, with no appointment required to listen to all the concerns and work with the residents to get the best services that everyone need.
His primary promise to every resident is that he will give 50% of his M.P salary towards the local food bank in the constituency.
LUCKSON FRANCIS AUGUSTINE (INDEPENDENT PARLIAMENT CANDIDATE 2017) POLICY/MANIFESTO FOR WYTHENSHAWE AND SALE EAST CONSTITUENCY
Every individual who are over 16 years should have a house/flat to live in.
People who stayed over 5 years in the same council or housing association property, should not have a bedroom tax.
Waiting time for houses should be reduced from 10 years to 2 years. In 2 years, we should make 200 houses. Every year, a minimum of 100 houses should be built in Wythenshawe.
All children in primary school should have free meals.
All High School students, whose parents are earning below £20k, should have free meals from their school.
I will focus on supporting young people in employment.
I will support and focus on activities that improve people’s health.
Free gyms to all children under 16 years and adults above 65 years.
Every household with an earning of £20k or below should have a free weekly supply of Bread, Butter, Eggs,2 litre of Milk,1kg carrots,5kg potatoes, 5kg of Rice and 5 kg of pasta.
There should be good facilities for young children to play in the playgrounds and more parks will be needed to be built in the constituency.
We will be obtaining funds for the provision of bicycle for all under 13 years old.
Every household earning below £25k, should be provided with a computer or a laptop with free internet connection.
There should be more provision of road safety procedures implemented in the road.
There should be more support to local businesses and should provide up to £3k to set up any businesses in the constituency.
We will work our best to get business rates to be reduced to 40% from the current rates.
There will be no business rates for new businesses for the first one year inside the constituency.
We will make arrangements for all children under 16 to get two free pairs of school uniform every year.
We will make plans for a free grammar school inside Wythenshawe.
We will focus on more community projects for all young children, youth, adults and elderly.
We will Increase the number of Police officers in this constituency.
Luckson was in politics for the last 20 years. He started his political career from Kerala which is south part of India, when his age of 17 years from Kerala Students union(KSU). He is Roman Catholic and member of Syromalabar Catholic Church which is under Rome. His wife, Dr Manju Luckson, works in the NHS and he has three children, Livia, Elvia and Ellis. His extra activities, cycling, gym, reading books, playing cricket and football. He is a Manchester United fan who has a Doctorate in Business Enterpreneur Management . You can contact Luckson on 07834545818 or email@example.com
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 UKIP candidate, Mike Bayley-Sanderson.
Years of Austerity have brought nothing but hardship, reduced services, and cuts to all sectors. Has it achieved anything? No. Our debt levels are still rising. UKIP would divert funds from the Overseas Aid budget to put into the NHS, Social Care and Education. We would still offer Aid to those in desperate need, but to have a fixed fund which has to be used up regardless of what spent on is ridiculous when we have homeless & people living in poverty here. We need to get our own house in order.
I believe the referendum last year was a clear decision to leave the EU – We were asked ‘in’ our ‘out’ and the debate we went through clearly indicated the implications of leaving, which we voted to do. Therefore we should not be messing about with ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ debates and just get on with a complete withdrawal. This leaves us excellent opportunities for our future. Get our own county back on track by sorting out the problems with the NHS, Social Care, Education, Homelessness etc, but also venture out in the world striking new deals for business without having to get approval from the EU. Having left the EU, we will still be able to fund all projects and schemes that took funds from the EU (note, actually our money) and still have almost £200M a week to use on the NHS, Social Care, Education, Research, Infrastructure, Job creation etc etc.
I want to give voice to those who feel left behind by the destructive policies of past governments i.e. mass uncontrolled immigration (though I accept controlled immigration is vital & needed), running down of services, a failure to maintain infrastructure, bank regulation and a failure to provide our young people with the skills & training this country needs in order to continue growing.
I believe in more social housing for those with local connections keeping families and communities together. This will protect people as secure tenancies will take away the instability of private rented properties, which will have a direct knock-on effect on reducing the unnecessary homeless crisis. However, I am against greenbelt development. Past generations protected them and it’s our duty to protect it for the future. Only brownfield sites must be developed.
I fully support a better funded educational system, where the people who teach are included in policy making. I would scrap HS2 and use the ~£80 billion from that to fund the education system. I support Grammar Schools, but I think the means in which selection is undertaken and communicated to pupils and parents needs to be changed. UKIP would also introduce more vocational subjects into all schools to encourage children with practical skills that would give them the start they need for a career in industries such as IT, Engineering, Building and manufacturing.
We need to bring long term, well-paying jobs into the area. The South East gets the funding & the jobs – let’s change that and bring business to this wonderful area.
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 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.
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.
My thoughts are with all those affected by the horrifying atrocity at Manchester Arena last night
— Cllr Eddy Newman (@LordMayorOfMcr) May 23, 2017
The city council’s deputy leader and fellow Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy added:
— Sue Murphy (@smurph99) May 23, 2017
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.
— Rowetta 🎤 (@Rowetta) May 23, 2017
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the major incident in town tonight. Please stay safe if you’re in Manchester tonight.
— WythenshaweCC/Sports (@WythyT) May 22, 2017
Our hearts and thoughts go out to people who have suffered today in Manchester today a horrendous and mindless loss of innocents life’s
— Wythenshawe Town FC (@Wtfcopenage) May 23, 2017
Our hearts and thoughts go out to people who have suffered today in Manchester today a horrendous and mindless loss of innocents life’s
— Wythenshawe Town FC (@Wtfcopenage) May 23, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the terrible events at Manchester Arena
— Manchester Airport (@manairport) May 23, 2017
Remembering our Emergency Services this morning there when we need them most. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this sad time.
— Tommy Judge (@Judge903Judge) May 23, 2017
Our thoughts and wishes go to anyone affected by last night’s suspected attack. All campuses open as usual, please check website for more.
— TheManchesterCollege (@TheMcrCollege) May 23, 2017
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.