01/Aug/2014 - Last News Update: 14:04

Salford mayor candidates set out policies in BBC debate

Category: England

Published: 26th Apr 2012 21:59:54

Candidates standing for the directly-elected mayor of Salford have set out their policies in a BBC debate.

Nine of the 10 candidates took part in the 90-minute debate in front of an audience. Held at MediaCityUK, it was broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.

During the sometimes heated debate, audience members questioned candidates about their policies on housing, transport and the mayoral salary.

Elections for the city's first elected mayor will be held on 3 May.

Labour party candidate Ian Stewart declined to take part in the debate due to the presence of a BNP candidate.

English Democrat candidate Michael Felse said his "main standing point would be to cut council tax by 50%" and recall a £730m regeneration programme to evaluate whether it was value for money.

Karen Garrido, standing for the Conservatives, said she would deliver "lower council tax year on year but not harm front-line services" and if elected she would "declare Salford open for business" and explore "imaginative ways to bring business into the city".

UKIP candidate Bernard Gill said he was "not a career or professional politician" but a pensioner "concerned about the decline of our city".

Hustings are nothing new. But this election is. It is the first time voters in Salford have the chance to decide who runs the council in the new post of city mayor.

There is plenty of choice across the political spectrum from Left to Right. The major parties, minor parties and independents are well represented.

But there was no clear winner from among the candidates. Certainly the government's dream of a high-profile champion emerging to run the city appears not to have been realised. Whoever wins might well grow into this role. But until then, voters may have to settle for nothing more exciting than competence.

The candidates though must be well aware of the expectations upon them. The audience seemed to want them to create jobs, end the housing shortage and all on a modest salary.

Whoever wins might be wise to start playing down expectations before they enter office.

He said pensioners who saved for their retirement had "been let down by governments nationally and locally".

Independent candidate Paul Massey said: "I'm here for the people. No-one trusts politicians any more, if people of Salford back me I'll be your voice."

He said he was concerned about "communities being broken up" and appealed for voters to "reunite behind me".

Michael Moulding, for the Community Action Party, said 2011 had been "Salford's annus horribilis" due to the August riots and the shooting of Anuj Bidve.

If elected he pledged to "review the role" of the council's chief executive.

Joe O'Neill, of the Green Party, said his manifesto was "fuelled by fairness and a desire to reduce the gap between rich and poor".

He said: "I will defend public services, protect the environment, strengthen local democracy, champion diversity, improve local transport and boost the local economy."

BNP candidate Edward O'Sullivan said: "We listen to people and what they want. When people in Salford come to me they say the thing they are angry about is the housing policies of the council.

He said he would abolish the "ridiculous bidding system" for housing which he said "is unfair to British people".

Liberal Democrat Norman Owen said: "We need somebody to drag this city out of the situation it is in."

He said he would "appoint a cross party cabinet" and "ensure that every child's education counts". He would also "fight poverty and deprivation" and "restore heritage sites and promote tourism".

In a pre-recorded item, Labour's Ian Stewart said: "I want the best for the people of Salford and their families. I would make Salford into a co-operative city. I want to develop Salford as an eco-city."

He said he would develop a green community bank, build local food co-operatives, involve residents in housing decisions and introduce "a citywide collective energy purchasing scheme".

Independent candidate Pat Ward said: "My policies are zero tolerance, helping our children and elderly."

She said she would review how council tax was administered and she believed "we are spending a lot of money on unnecessary projects in Salford."

A full list of candidates can be seen here.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Salford mayor candidates set out policies in BBC debate [Online] (Updated 26th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1424920/Salford-mayor-candidates-set-out-policies-in-BBC-debate [Accessed 1st Aug 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July

    The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July adding to optimism that the US economy is roaring once more.
  • Silent film tops documentary poll

    A 1929 silent film has been voted the greatest ever documentary in a poll of some 300 film-makers and critics.
  • Footballer Nadir Ciftci fined for speeding at 97mph

    Dundee United footballer Nadir Ciftci has been fined £360 after he admitted to driving at 97mph.
  • Essex boss: 'Dig up' troublesome wicket

    Essex coach Paul Grayson wants the wicket used in the One-Day Cup loss to Leicestershire to be put out of action.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Tipperary: Two-year-old boy dies after being hit by van

    A two-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a van in County Tipperary.