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EX ARMY SALFORD LABOUR PARTY COUNCILLOR RESIGNS OVER MENTAL HEALTH BULLYING BY FELLOW COUNCILLORS

Star date: 5th February 2016

LABOUR COUNCILLOR CLAIMS BULLYING BY LOCAL PARTY BIG WIGS OVER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

"If me as an elected councillor gets treated like this by the powers that be, then what chance has the public got?"

Swinton South Councillor, Neil Blower, has resigned from the Labour Party claiming "systematic harassment and bullying" by the `powers that be' in the Salford Labour Party. Neil is a former soldier diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but maintains that fellow councillors are claiming that he's faking his illness, while subjecting him to some "truly vile things". 

Last year, Salford Mayor Ian Stewart joined the drive to help armed forced veterans, saying "We want to make sure they are supported. We are very proud of them."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO DOUBLE IN SIZE IN £14.5MILLION EXPANSION

Star date: 4th February 2016

BRENTNALL, THE DEANS, ST LUKES AND LOWER KERSAL PRIMARY TO DOUBLE IN SIZE – CHARLESTOWN TO RE-OPEN

A massive expansion of Salford's primary schools is to happen, with Brentnall, The Deans and Lower Kersal doubling in size, St Luke's trebling in size and Charlestown Primary to re-open after its controversial closure a few years ago. Cassel Fox and Larkhill are to get another 210 places each, Holy Cross another 105 places, and the Clifton Centre is to be demolished and re-built on the same site.

The huge expansion programme is to cost a massive £14.5million but Salford City Council has managed to get developers to stump up just £17,000 from the Section 106 `kiddie bedroom tax'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LABOUR PARTY MAYOR CANDIDATE SAYS HE’LL CHANGE THE FACE OF POLITICS IN CITY

Star date: 3rd February 2016

COUNCILLOR PAUL WILSON PROMISES TRANSPARENCY AND NEW POLITICS IF SELECTED

"It's important that we have that openness, transparency and honesty" Paul Wilson

Weaste and Seedley Councillor Paul Wilson says he'll "change the face of politics in Salford" if he gets the Labour Party nomination to stand as City Mayor in the May election, promising to cull seven `Assistant Mayors', rein in prestige projects and remove the arrogance and lack of transparency that has characterised Ian Stewart's time as Mayor.

Strangely, Paul Wilson, who has never been seen as on the left, is looking like the radical in the three candidate race to get the Labour Party Mayoral nomination...

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SALFORD MAYOR CANDIDATE PAUL DENNETT IN SOCIAL HOUSING CONTROVERSY

Star date: 2nd February 2016

DID LABOUR PARTY MAYOR FAVOURITE JUMP HOUSING QUEUE?

Langworthy councillor Paul Dennett - many people's favourite to get the Labour Party nomination to stand as Salford City Mayor in May - last night denied any impropriety in obtaining a social housing flat at Albion Towers last summer.

Dennett, who picks up an allowance of £23,450 as Strategic Assistant Mayor, was a board member of the co-op that runs Albion Towers at the time he got the flat, and says that the Albion panel "decided that I was a suitable candidate for a tenancy". Salford has a growing housing waiting list with an average of 27 bids for every affordable flat that becomes available in the city.

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SALFORD AND ECCLES MP TELLS PARENTS TO CREATE UPROAR OVER SCHOOL ACADEMIES

Star date: 1st February 2016

`CREATE UPROAR' OVER `WILD WEST' TORY SCHOOLS POLICY SAYS REBECCA LONG-BAILEY

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, told parents to create "as much uproar as possible" over Tory Government plans to convert loads of Salford schools into academies.

Speaking at a Salford UNISON Question Time on Saturday - which also included David Wootton, CEO of Salford Academy Trust, and Alasdair Smith from the Anti Academies Alliance – the Salford MP slated the Government's privatisation and commercialisation of schools agenda... "It's disgraceful and it is creating a Wild West..."

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POTENT WHISPER HITS TORIES MANCHESTER CONFERENCE IN NEW VIDEO

Star date: 31st January 2016

BRILLIANT ANTI-TORY RAP TRACK WITH A MANC TWIST

"I don't want to create art, I want to create the world I want to live in, through art..." Potent Whisper

NOW - an absolutely brilliant new track, combining rap and a harp like you've never seen it played, has been released this week by Potent Whisper and Maria-Christina. The video was shot during the Tory Party Conference in Manchester and includes footage of police guns, demos, Jeremy Corbyn, Artist Taxi Driver and a live gig on the streets by the ace combo themselves.

Full details here...

 
 

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SALFORD FLOOD VIDEO FOOTAGE SOUGHT

Star date: 30th January 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON FLOOD DOCUMENTARY NEEDS FOOTAGE

Local wildlife filmmaker, Dr Luke Blazejewski, is seeking video footage of the Boxing Day flood in Lower Broughton for a documentary he's making about the event. He's looking for footage from cameras, tablets, smart phones, anything really...

"Making a record of this event is incredibly important" he says.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD BENEFIT AT ST BONIFACES RAISES MORE FUNDS FOR VICTIMS

Star date: 30th January 2016

SELL OUT AT ST BONIFACES HELPS MORE LOWER BROUGHTON FLOOD VICTIMS

With all tickets snapped up within one day, the community of Lower Broughton came together last night for a benefit event at St Bonifaces Social Club, which was the centre of activity in the hours and days after the Boxing Day flood.

"It's about having fun after all the hassle of the clean up" said Lona Barker from Lower Broughton "Everyone can let their hair down for the night..."

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GREATER MANCHESTER HOTEL BEDROOM TAX TO HELP HOMELESS

Star date: 29th January 2016

A HOTEL BEDROOM TAX COULD PROVIDE HOUSING FOR HOMELESS

"This is a brilliant idea" Street Support Salford and Manchester

Behind closed doors, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is discussing the idea of implementing a hotel bedroom tax which it states "could be used to fund particular strategic initiatives".

`Strategic initiatives' usually means prestige projects. Today the Salford Star is calling for a hotel bedroom tax to be introduced to build affordable housing for the area's homeless people.

Full details here...

 
 
HAZEL BLEARS CASHES IN WITH £25,000 FOR THREE DAYS WORK PER MONTH FOR SIB

Star date: 28th January 2016

FORMER SALFORD MP GETS £85,000 FOR FIVE DAYS WORK PER MONTH

"I am determined to make sure money can go where it is needed most" Hazel Blears

Former Salford and Eccles MP, Hazel Blears, has been appointed Chair of the Social Investment Business (SIB), which pays a reported £25,000 a year for three days work per month.

The SIB £25,000 comes on top of the £60,000 Hazel picks up for doing around two days a month work for the Co-op... "I am determined to make sure money can go where it is needed most" she said today.

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GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR’S £41,000 EXPENSES

Star date: 27th January 2016

TONY LLOYD'S INTERIM MAYOR EXPENSES

Tony Lloyd, Interim Greater Manchester Mayor, will have picked up £41,000 in expenses related to his role until 2017, on top of his £100,000 Greater Manchester Police Commissioner salary.

The expenses have jumped from £16,000 in 2015/16, to a budgeted £25,000 in 2016/17.*

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL FLOOD RECOVERY FUNDING ADVICE

Star date: 26th January 2016

SALFORD COUNCIL OFFICERS TO HELP WITH FLOOD FINANCE

With Salford City Council having three different pots of funding to help Lower Broughton flood victims, there's been much confusion over what can and can't be claimed for. Now Council officers will be at River View Primary School this week and next to answer questions.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SCHOOLS UNDER ACADEMY THREAT

Star date: 26th January 2016

COULD EVERY SCHOOL IN SALFORD BECOME PRIVATISED?

The Tory Government is hell bent on converting as many schools as possible into academies, which puts every school in Salford under the threat of privatisation. This Saturday, 30th January, Salford City UNISON is hosting a public Question Time at Buile Hill Park Hall, 12pm-2pm, with Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long Bailey, David Wootton, Chief Exec of Salford Academy Trust and Alasdair Smith, of the Anti Academies Alliance.

"This is going to affect, not just this generation but generations to come" says Alasdair, urging parents and staff to attend "If we hand over our public services to businesses we've got no control over them..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HOMELESS MAN MURDER HIGHLIGHTS CITY INEQUALITY

Star date: 25th January 2016

HOMELESS PLIGHT IN MIDST OF £650MILLION DEVELOPMENTS

"We're all just litter to the police and Government really..." David, homeless.

The murder of 23 year old Daniel Smith, who was living rough in Salford, highlights the plight of around forty homeless people living under arches or in the `cave', or squatting in unsafe buildings in the city.

This is happening right in the middle of Chapel Street and New Bailey where over £650million is being pumped into offices, a car park and unaffordable housing developments, with public money support.

"It's shocking really" says David, who is living in the doorway of Tesco Express, in the shadow of the massive One New Bailey office block, and sometimes sleeps in the arches where Daniel was murdered.

Full details here...

 
 
BBC TWO SEEKS SALFORD PEOPLE FOR PAY RISE PROGRAMME

Star date: 24th January 2016

ARE BOSSES PAID TOO MUCH? DOES BRITAIN NEED A PAY RISE?

BBC Two is looking for people with opinions on pay to take part in an audience-interactive programme at its MediaCityUK studio on Salford Quays...

"You, the audience, will be at the heart of the programme, so we are looking for people who want to interact and contribute to the discussion which will be 100% audience based" say the programme's producers.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ARTS THEATRE HOSTS TWO NEW SHORT OPERAS

Star date: 24th January 2016

TWO LIVES, TWO DEATHS AND SOME ANTON CHEKHOV

Life Stories
Friday 5th February 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £5/£8/£10

Two one act operas come to Salford Arts Theatre on February 5th. Produced by Radius, R.I.P. is an adaptation from Anton Chekhov, which sees an old homeless man recount his life; while Silent Jack features a highwayman tell of riches and love won and lost, as her final moments beckon.

Full details here...

 
 
BARTON MOSS ANTI FRACKING COURT CASES COLLAPSE WITH NOT GUILTY VERDICTS

Star date: 23rd January 2016

SALFORD SLOW WALKING ANTI-FRACKING PROTESTS RULED LEGITIMATE

"The state sought to criminalise a legitimate form of protest" Simon Pook, solicitor

A test case against two anti-fracking `slow walk' protectors arrested at Barton Moss in 2014 by Greater Manchester Police, has resulted in a not guilty verdict at Manchester Magistrates Court, meaning that all future similar `aggravated trespass' cases could be dropped.

In acquitting the pair, District Judge Sanders said "They were entitled to demonstrate, were entitled to walk along Barton Moss Road". However the infamous `doughnut' protest, in which a protector knelt down on Barton Moss Road, did result in a guilty verdict.

Full details here...

 
 
ROMANI FOLK RECITAL MARKS SALFORD HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

Star date: 23rd January 2016

HOLOCAUST REMEMBERED AT SALFORD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Holocaust Memorial Day
Saturday 30th January 1:30pm
Salford Museum and Art Gallery free

Top Romanian Roma musician, Michael Cretu, is to share memories from Romani Holocaust survivors in Transylvania, and perform pieces inspired by Romani folk music at Salford Museum and Art Gallery on 30th January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The gallery is also hosting a photography exhibition on the lives of Roma migrants in Greater Manchester by Ciara Leeming.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD VICTIMS ANGER AT MAYOR, SALIX HOMES AND ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Star date: 21st January 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON COMMUNITY FURY AT FLOOD MEETING

Last night, a jam packed meeting about the Lower Broughton floods saw the community vent their anger at Salford Mayor Ian Stewart, and representatives of the Environment Agency, Salix Homes, Greater Manchester Police – and local MP Graham Stringer who didn't show up.

As people told their stories of `chaos' on Boxing Day and being `left in the lurch' afterwards, the authorities apologised and admitted numerous failures... "After four weeks we're still being fobbed off..." said one disgusted resident after the meeting.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON GATEWAY FINANCES INVESTIGATED BY SALFORD COUNCIL AUDITOR

Star date: 21st January 2016

`SERIOUS CONTROL ISSUES' IDENTIFIED AT £6MILLION SWINTON GATEWAY

An internal audit of Salford City Council finances by Grant Thornton* has found `serious control issues' surrounding the £6million Swinton Gateway which opened last summer.

In June 2015 the Salford Star revealed that the Council was liable for huge extra costs for the Gateway following the signing of a strange contract with builders Kier...

Full details here...

 
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