My name is Ben Hartley, and I am proud to introduce myself as your Labour candidate for Ashton upon Mersey ward in the May 2016 Council Elections.
I have lived in Sale for 16 years. I am married to Kate, a teacher, and have two daughters at primary school. I work as a Principal Legal Adviser for a healthcare regulator in Manchester. I am also a Governor of a primary school in Old Trafford.
I am a local candidate who knows the Ward well, having lived in Ashton upon Mersey for six years. I share some of the concerns you have, which I would work to address as your Councillor. The cuts which our Conservative Council have made have profoundly affected the most vulnerable. We have seen 10 out of 12 Children’s Centres close, all our Youth Centres close, cuts to adult social care and many school crossing patrols being axed. Trafford Conservatives will rip the heart out of our communities and we must stop them.
Here in Trafford, we need a Labour Council that speaks up for those who don’t have a voice, that protects essential public services by properly managing the budget and that narrows the inequalities between the north and south of Trafford.
Having two young daughters means I worry about road safety. As your Councillor, I would work with you to maintain school crossing patrols, for more traffic calming near to primary schools and for a 20mph limit on our residential streets. I also want to see fairer access from across the borough to our best grammar and secondary schools.
If you want to live in a Borough which protects the vulnerable, values our diversity and is more progressive, then please vote Labour in the local elections on 5 May 2016.