After 22 years serving you as one of the Priory Ward team of Labour Councillors, I am proud to be standing again as a Labour candidate.
I have lived in Sale for almost 50 years and have been involved in public service for over 40 years.
I am a school Governor and am actively involved with Sale Festival, Friends of Walkden Gardens, Friends of Worthington Park, and the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale). I am also the Chair/Secretary of several local charities.
2016/17 will see the seventh austerity budget. There is more bad news to come, which will have an impact on our residents.
Trafford’s Conservative Council has already cut some £96 million from its budget. Now the Council is to cut another £20.4m and then a further £32m the year afterwards.
Despite the claims of the Conservatives, this must inevitably mean more cuts to our local services.
Of course, the cuts are not limited to local government. Great Manchester Police have lost some 2,000 front line officers since 2010, and the cuts to health spending have led to increased waiting times in A&E and for cancer treatment.
We all know that our public services should be efficient, but these austerity measures are driven more by a right-wing Conservative political agenda than for any economic reason.
I and my Labour colleagues are determined to defend our public services. With your support in the May 2016 Council elections, I will continue to do so.