Our Candidates for 2016
Meet our fantastic candidates for the Trafford 2016 Local Council elections. Click here to see a full list of candidates or by ward:
Altrincham Ward, Ashton Upon Mersey Ward, Bowdon Ward, Broadheath Ward, Brooklands Ward, Bucklow St Martins Ward, Clifford Ward, Davyhulme East Ward, Davyhulme West Ward, Flixton Ward, Gorse Hill Ward, Hale Barns Ward, Hale Central Ward, Longford Ward, Priory Ward, Sale Moor Ward, St Mary's Ward, Stretford Ward,Timperley Ward, Urmston Ward, Village Ward
Trafford Labour - Standing Up, not Standing By
What's happening here?
'I'm absolutely delighted to have been appointed Leader of Trafford Labour Group. I feel privileged to be working with such a fantastic team, and in particular with our new Deputy Leader Catherine Hynes. I know as we head into 2015 that I have a huge task ahead. I am determined to take the fight to the local Tories, and to hold them and their government to account for their sustained assault on the services enjoyed by Trafford residents. I am determined to do everything I can to secure a Labour Council in Trafford; a Council fighting for fairness, determined to tackle inequalities and committed to having public services delivered by public servants. Most of all, a Labour Council will always be on the side of Trafford residents. 2014 was a horrible year for our local Tories - mismanaging our budget to the tune of £7 million, hiding that fact from the electorate and then bring forward proposals for this year which will see devastating cuts particularly targeted at young and vulnerable people. To cap it all, the Leader of the Council rewarded himself for this sequence of catastrophic failings by awarding himself a more than 30% pay rise. That is a disgrace at the same time that he is cutting wages and shedding Council staff. I have already pledged that, if Labour take control of the Council, I will return that pay rise.This is a Conservative Group that has lost touch with the electorate, with a Leader serving himself not Trafford's residents. Their priorities are all wrong.
By contrast Trafford Labour Group is proud to stand with our residents, campaigning against this government's attack on local councils while the ruling Conservatives stay silent. At the same time, we continue to shape our priorities for Trafford: working with our communities not against them; supporting our young and most vulnerable residents; recognising the importance of public services and standing up to the government to get the best deal for Trafford. 2015 will be a massive year; with both local and national elections. If our services are to stand a chance of survival, I believe we need a Labour Council and a Labour Government to protect them.'
Trafford Council has now been under Tory control for 10 years. One of the party’s supposedly flagship councils, it is the blue chink in the otherwise Tory-free zone of Greater Manchester.
The Tories have continued to cling onto power under the guise of sound financial management. They have always presented a balanced budget which they have ensured is underspent every year and have frozen council Tax in the process for the past four years. It is apparent, however, their claims to fiscal probity are at last beginning to unravel.
The Conservative proposal to cut a further £24 million from the budget will be devastating for the people of Trafford.
These are savage cuts, and particularly so for children and vulnerable people where they plan to cut the budget by £17 million. ALL the Council Youth Centres: Broomwood, Sale West, Partington, Davyhulme, Old Trafford, Gorse Hill, Lostock are to close, and a further four Children Centres following on from the ten which were closed last year. There will be further cuts in Home to School transport, early years’ service and a proposal to cease the popular Holiday play scheme provision.
No service is safe; even the School Crossing Patrols are being reduced down from 97 school crossing patrol points to 60, a reduction of 37 crossing patrols, to save £145,000. The question has to be asked; Can the Council put a price on our children’s safety?