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DODGY GM DEVOLUTION ELECTION ROADSHOW HITS SALFORD

Star date: 30th April 2016

GREATER MANCHESTER PRO-DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGN COMES TO SALFORD

Devo Manc‬ Dodgy Devolution Cuts and Privatisation Roadshow
Monday 2nd May 3pm
Eccles town centre

"Will you take urgent action to tackle GM councils' waiting list for housing with genuinely affordable homes...Or will you prioritise skyscrapers for international investors?"

To raise awareness of the role played by local council leaders in what it calls "the whole dodgy and completely undemocractic Devo Manc devolution deal", the Campaign for Democratic Devolution is bringing its Roadshow to Eccles town centre on Monday, pushing a number of pertinent questions residents can ask City Mayor candidates before they decide how to vote.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 30, 2016  

 
 

£29MILLION SET UP COSTS FOR NEW SALFORD INTEGRATED CARE ORGANISATION

Star date: 29th April 2016

SALFORD TOGETHER HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TAKEOVER COSTING £29M – PLUS 2% CUTS EVERY YEAR

This week, Salford City Council gave the go-ahead for Salford Together, a new `integrated care organisation' run by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which will amalgamate the health and social care work of the Council, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Trust.

It's costing £29million to set up, with 2% cuts to its budget every year after that; with targets to reduce hospital and care home admissions by up to 26%. The idea is that "people take greater charge of, and responsibility for, their own health and wellbeing".

Full details here...

added Friday, April 29, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL IGNORES FREE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING ON PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE

Star date: 28th April 2016

ENOUGH ABUSE WITHOUT SALFORD COUNCIL RUDENESS

Tomorrow sees a unique conference by the training charity, Enough Abuse UK, which covers subjects like `Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK' and `How to Identify Grooming and Radicalisation' but centres on behaviour and prevention.

The charity's Chief Executive Officer offered Salford Council and its Child Safeguarding Board a free invite to the Conference plus three free hours of training, "without even the courtesy of a reply" she says.

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 28, 2016  

 
 

FINAL BARTON MOSS TRIAL ENDS WITH NOT GUILTY VERDICTS

Star date: 27th April 2016

CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY AS FINAL THREE BARTON MOSS CHARGES QUASHED

After hundreds of charges brought by the Crown in relation to the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests of 2013 and 2014, the final three cases were heard today at Manchester Magistrates Court where the judge delivered `not guilty' verdicts on charges of aggravated trespass.

Now, with the overwhelming number of charges either dropped or quashed, there's a growing call for a Public Inquiry into the policing and cost of the response to the Salford protests...

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 27, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE DAY 2 BRINGS MORE DETERMINATION

Star date: 27th April 2016

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL SECOND DAY OF JUNIOR DOCTORS' STRIKES

Junior doctors at Salford Royal Hospital today staged this week's second all out strike, with un-waning public support and more determination than ever to get the Tory Government to negotiate about the imposition of unfair, unsafe contracts... "If the only way to get the Government's attention is to keep striking then I guess that's what we'll have to do" said junior doctor Cavita Patel.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 27, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD CITY MAYOR LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATE WON’T SPEAK TO THE SALFORD STAR

Star date: 27th April 2016

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD STAR INTERVIEWS THE DONKEY WITH THE RED ROSETTE

As part of the Salford Star's City Mayor election coverage, we have interviewed all the candidates, except Labour Party candidate Paul Dennett, who has begun his quest for openness by refusing to speak to the Salford Star.

They say that if you put a red rosette on a donkey in Salford, people will vote for it. So, instead of Dennett, we have interviewed that donkey...

Full interview click here...

added Wednesday, April 27, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE HAS HUGE PUBLIC SUPPORT

Star date: 26th April 2016

JUNIOR DOCTORS AT SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE ON STRIKE

Patients coming out of Salford Royal Hospital this morning applauded junior doctors standing on the picket lines, while hundreds of drivers beeped their horn in support as two days of all out strikes began, aimed at stopping the imposition of new unsafe and unfair working conditions.

Anyone still in doubt about the rights and wrongs of this dispute needs to listen to the doctors themselves... "I think that Britain is great because of its NHS and I want to try and protect that" said one junior doctor.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 26, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD CITY MAYOR ELECTION CONSERVATIVE PARTY CANDIDATE ROBIN GARRIDO

Star date: 26th April 2016

SALFORD CITY MAYOR ELECTION 2016

This week, Salford Star attempts to grill the four candidates standing for Salford City Mayor. We start with Robin Garrido, the Conservative Party candidate, who says he will introduce transparency within the Council, cut out waste and run the city as "a very professional organisation"...

Are David Cameron and George Osborne a hindrance or an asset to Robin Garrido's campaign?

Full interview click here...

added Tuesday, April 26, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD LAD ETHAN EVANS RECOGNISED WITH BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD

Star date: 25th April 2016

SALFORD SUPER FUNDRAISER GETS BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD

Salford super fundraiser, Ethan Evans, has been recognised for "doing extraordinary things in the local community" with the British Citizen Award, given out for "determined, committed endeavour in improving the community". 14 year old Ethan has raised thousands of pounds for charity since he started out, aged just nine.

Full details here...

added Monday, April 25, 2016  

 
 

G-FESTIVAL MAY DAY MUSIC AND FUN DAY IN WORSLEY TO HELP CHILDREN IN SALFORD AND BEYOND

Star date: 24th April 2016

MAY DAY FESTIVAL WITH LOADS OF BANDS AND FAMILY FUN

G-Festival
Sunday 1st May from noon
Ellesmere Sports Club, Worsley

G-Festival, the massive music and family fun day set up to help raise funds for Georgia's Children of the World charity, hits its fifth year this Sunday, May 1st, with Mike Sweeney and sets from The Smiths Ltd, Kar-Pets and 16year old Jennifer Rice, who will be performing Carry Me Home, a song written especially for the charity.

Full details here...

added Monday, April 25, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS INVADE CATALAN DRAGONS

Star date: 24th April 2016

SAINT GEORGE'S DAY REDS FAIL TO SLAUGHTER DRAGONS

Salford Red Devils took around 600 supporters to Perpignan hoping for a Saint George's Day slaughter of Catalan Dragons. But it wasn't to be as Catalans won 42-32. Here Saint George himself, aka Simon Williams, reports on the trip...

Match report click here...

added Sunday, April 24, 2016  

 
 

NO SALFORD MAY DAY RALLY BUT ARTHUR SCARGILL TO SPEAK IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 24th April 2016

BEXLEY SQUARE MAY DAY RALLY AND MARCH CANCELLED BUT HUGE FESTIVAL IN MANCHESTER

Salford Trades Council has this year cancelled the now traditional May Day rally in Bexley Square which has seen hundreds of trade unionists gather for speeches before marching to join celebrations in Manchester.

Salfordians who want to celebrate workers day will now have to go direct to Manchester's event on Saturday April 30th, which begins with a rally at All Saints Park around noon, followed by a march to Sackville Gardens and the Mechanics Institute for a huge May Day Festival, where the legendary Arthur Scargill will be speaking.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 24, 2016  

 
 

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS BEGIN AT AGECROFT COLLIERY SALFORD

Star date: 23rd April 2016

SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED FOR WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Today, there was a short commemoration at the Agecroft Colliery monument on Agecroft Road for those miners who died or were injured in the Irwell Valley pits. It was the first local event for International Workers Memorial Day, with a rally taking place this Thursday 28th April in Albert Square, Manchester between noon and 1pm.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 23, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD KINGS ARMS HOSTS RETRO TV COPS PARODY MURDER MYSTERY

Star date: 23rd April 2016

COLUMBO, HASSELHOFF AND KNIGHT RIDER JOIN MURDER HUNT

Murder She Writes
Wednesday 4th - 11th May
Kings Arms

Murder She Writes, a parody of 70s, 80s and 90s tv cop shows by Vertigo Theatre Productions, premieres at the Kings Arms in a few weeks and promises appearances by `Columbo, Baywatch star Mitch Buchannan Hasselhoff and Knight Rider' as they help super sleuth Jessica solve a killing... "We ain't doing high art..we are doing pure fun..." says director Craig Hepworth.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 23, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD KIDSCAN CHARITY SEEKS RUNNERS FOR GREATER MANCHESTER RUN

Star date: 23rd April 2016

CHILDREN'S CANCER CHARITY SEEKS SPONSORED RUNNERS

Salford based children's cancer research charity, Kidscan, is looking for people to take part in the 10km Greater Manchester Run on May 22nd on its behalf, with a number of free places on offer... "To take part is an amazing achievement, particularly as you'll be helping Kidscan fund groundbreaking research into childhood cancer" says Vicky from the charity.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 23, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD BOOKIE FRED DONE INCREASES WEALTH BY £300 MILLION

Star date: 22nd April 2016

FRED AND PETER DONE NOW FIFTH RICHEST IN NORTH WEST

According to the new Sunday Times Rich List, Salford's Fred and Peter Done increased their wealth by £300million last year, making them the fifth richest people in the North West, with a combined wealth of £1.3billion.

According to Salford Star research, the Dones have also avoided over £3million in planning fees to the city for their controversial apartment schemes, including the bulldozing of the Salford listed Black Horse pub.

Full details here…

added Friday, April 22, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MAYOR ELECTION ON BRINK OF DEMOCRATIC DISASTER

Star date: 21st April 2016

SALFORD STAR SURVEY REVEALS NO-ONE KNOWS NAMES OF CANDIDATES!

"You might as well talk about Mickey Mouse" John

A survey by the Salford Star, conducted in Walkden, Pendleton, Little Hulton and Swinton, has revealed that no-one could name any of the candidates hoping to be elected the next Mayor of Salford on May 5th. Neither could they name all the parties that are running.

Of those who said that they would be voting, more than half didn't know yet which candidate they would vote for... "I don't know who any of them are, we've not had any information" said Penny on Salford Precinct. It's all a shocking indictment on the state of democracy in the city.

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 21, 2016  

 
 

PENDLETON TOGETHER `GARDEN LANDSCAPING’ IS JUST RUBBLE FOR SALFORD TENANT

Star date: 20th April 2016  

PENDLETON TOGETHER'S ROTTEN ROCKERY WITH ADDED DANGER

Despite Pendleton Together priding itself on its "garden landscaping" for tenants who have had their houses refurbished, one garden in Liverpool Street has what looks like building rubble from the nearby demolished houses splattered over its back yard.

"I don't like the garden" says six year old Ruby who stays with her grandmother at the house "I fall over all the time... it's dangerous, I've cut my knees".

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 20, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL TO PRIVATISE PATIENT CATERING

Star date: 20th April 2016 

READY MEALS FOR SALFORD PATIENTS

"The Trust's senior management are very keen on being David Cameron's and Jeremy Hunt's favourite hospital" UNISON

Salford Royal Hospital Trust is planning to privatise its patient catering and bring in ready meals, rather than serve food freshly cooked in its kitchen...

"Good nutrition is vital for recovery - with a fully working kitchen onsite the Royal can respond to its patients' needs. But once the kitchen is closed down it could be gone for good" states UNISON which has launched a campaign to try and get the decision reversed.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 20, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL SECRET £90MILLION DEAL EXTENDS URBAN VISION CONTRACT

Star date: 19th April 2016

£90 MILLION THREE YEAR URBAN VISION EXTENSION SNEAKED THROUGH COUNCIL

A three year extension to Urban Vision's contract with Salford City Council, which the joint venture company states "is worth up to £90million" has been agreed in secret, without the public being able to see any reports into the company's affairs.

Salford Star research shows that Urban Vision's charges can be double those of other councils, while it's understood that many Labour councillors are unhappy about how the extension deal was railroaded through, and signed by outgoing Mayor Ian Stewart, without anyone having the chance to question it.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 19, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL BACKS OFF IN TRADE UNION ATTACK

Star date: 18th April 2016

IS THERE AN ELECTION IN THE AIR AS COUNCIL HALTS UNION ATTACK?

Salford City Council has backed off in its all out attack on trade unions UNISON, Unite and GMB – at least until after the Mayor and local election.

Plans to remove facility time for elected union representatives were supposed to be finalised by April 4th but a statement by Salford UNISON confirms that Salford Council has "agreed to defer the current proposals". Definitely an election in the air!

Full details here...

added Monday, April 18, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS BATTER HUNSLET IN CHALLENGE CUP

Star date: 17th April 2015

RED DEVILS INTO LAST 16 OF CHALLENGE CUP

Salford Red Devils progressed into the last 16 of the Challenge Cup, beating League One's Hunslet Hawks 50-14. Centre, Josh Griffin scored a hat-trick, and Jake Bibby and Robert Lui both touched down twice as Salford overcame the part timers with ease. But something very strange happened with seven minutes to go...

Match report by Simon Williams click here...

added Sunday, April 17, 2016  

 
 

BLANEY AND MARK E SMITH DO URBAN NATURE SALFORD ALBUM

Star date: 17th April 2016

ED BLANEY AND MARK E SMITH HIT THE SALFORD SPOT

`...But I remember you walking through Salford Precinct...You helped me turn my back on crime, you gave me rhythm and you gave me rhyme...'

Ed Blaney, who has been running the Salford Music Festival in between touring with The Fall, has produced his first solo album, Urban Nature, with Mark E Smith guesting on five tracks, plus contributions from Jenny Shuttleworth... "It is very rocky and very Salford" says Ed.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 17, 2016  

 
 

HONEST COFFEE SALFORD ART SHOW SEES NATIONAL LOTTERY IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Star date: 17th April 2016

SCRATCH CARDS, LOTTERIES AND THE COMMUNITY

Hilary O'Mahony: Whatever it amounts to
Friday April 22nd - 29th
The Home of Honest Coffee

Three framed works and two sculptures make up the debut solo show by artist Hilary O'Mahony which runs from Friday for a week at Honest Coffee on Chapel Street. Scratch cards and the National Lottery form the glittery basis of what Hilary calls "the divide between self-pursuit and community". Li Dai meets the artist...

Meanwhile Honest Coffee's Future Artists has launched a bid to crowd fund a community art gallery, raising over £1,500 in its first week.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 17, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD STARS BACK PLAY ON MANC TRADE UNIONIST MARY QUAILE

Star date: 16th April 2016

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON AND MAXINE PEAKE AMONGST BACKERS FOR NEW MARY QUAILE PLAY

Salford stars Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake are amongst trade unionists and trade unions backing a new play about Mancunian workers' rights pioneer, Mary Quaile. The drama, Dare To Be Free, premieres at the Manchester May Day Festival on 30th April and relates Quaile's struggles for decent pay and conditions in the cafe business in the early 1900s, to the same fight in today's fast food industry.

The Mary Quaile Club is also launching a new pamphlet about the trade unionist's life, which includes interviews with modern day women active in the trade union movement.

Full details click here...

added Saturday, April 16, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD STAR INN COMMUNITY PUB CELEBRATES 160 YEARS OF ALE

Star date: 16th April 2016

STAR INN CELEBRATES 160 YEARS WITH FESTIVAL

Mini Beer Fest
Saturday April 23rd 1pm-late
Star Inn

The Star Inn community pub in Broughton is celebrating 160 years of beer sales at the premises with a Mini Beer Fest next Saturday, including a BBQ and live music from 1pm until late.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 16, 2016  

 
 

MANCHESTER MARCH FOR THE HOMELESS

Star date: 16th April 2016

POP UP KITCHEN AND PROTEST ON THE STREETS

Yesterday, around one hundred people took to the streets of central Manchester for the now annual March For The Homeless, with similar events taking place around the country this weekend. Alongside the march, a pop-up kitchen and clothes store was set up for the city's homeless.

"I had never seen a tent in town before Cameron got in and made cuts that have made people homeless, with no help or nowhere to turn" said organiser Emma Leyla Mohareb.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 16, 2016  

 
 

`DETESTABLE’ SALFORD UKIP EXPOSED BY OWN ELECTION CANDIDATE

Star date: 15th April 2016

BOOTHSTOWN AND ELLENBROOK UKIP CANDIDATE WITH INTEREST IN FASCIST MOSELY SLATES OWN "DETESTABLE" PARTY

On the eve of the local election, Salford UKIP's candidate for the Boothstown and Ellenbrook ward has written an `expose' of the party, calling the local branch a "detestable club of self-interested, political aspirants; hiding away their skeletons".

UKIP's Joseph William Evans also alleges that he was "asked on numerous occasions to invite any black or brown friends that I may have to our meetings in an effort to convey that we are supported by all people". He also claims that his interest in eugenics and the ideas of fascist, Oswald Mosley, were "suppressed" by the party. UKIP's Salford Mayor candidate Owen Hammond says he is "bemused"...

Full details here...

added Friday, April 15, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MP LAYS INTO GOVERNMENT’S ACADEMY PLANS

Star date: 14th April 2016

ACADEMIES COULD STUFF SALFORD'S FUTURE SAYS MP

Rebecca Long Bailey, Salford and Eccles MP, slated the Tory Government during yesterday's Parliamentary debate on plans to force all schools to become academies. The MP, who earlier this year called on Salford parents to "create uproar" over "Wild West" Tory schools plans, attacked the "extremely costly" academy conversion programme, insisting that "now is the time to raise standards and skill our region for the future, not take money and effort away from education".

The plans would put the city's "economic future in jeopardy", she added. Meanwhile, there's a Government school land grab going off behind the academisation bike shed.

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 14, 2016  

 
 

40% INCREASE IN HEATING CHARGES FOR SALFORD CITY WEST HOUSING TENANTS

Star date: 13th April 2016

CITY WEST INSTALLS CHEAP ECO ENERGY SYSTEMS – THEN INCREASES CHARGES BY 40%

City West Housing Trust only recently completed installing EcoPods in high rise blocks in Eccles, which the company stated would cut fuel costs by 40%. From this month, however, it has increased charges for heating and hot water by 40% in the blocks, at a time when energy companies are actually reducing charges.

"We don't know why these charges are going up" says Tony Ormonde of the Craunton, Cremer, Ewood Tenants Association "Where is the 40% going?"

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 13, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD LISTED YE OLDE NELSON PUB NEXT FOR DEMOLITION

Star date: 12th April 2016

AFTER THE BLACK HORSE DEMISE YE OLDE NELSON IS NEXT

After Salford councillors last week sealed the demise of the Black Horse pub, the locally listed Ye Olde Nelson pub on Chapel Street, further along the road, is next for a death warrant, according to a Salford City Council planning report.

It was only recently that Phil Mayall, head of the English Cities Fund (ECf) which is leading the `redevelopment' of Chapel Street, said of the late Victorian pub, "it will be retained", while Councillor Derek Antrobus, head of planning added "It is essential that we preserve as many historic buildings as possible in the Chapel Street area..."

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 12, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD STAR PRINT ISSUE 11 NOW AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORMAT

Star date: 12th April 2016

SALFORD STAR PRINT ISSUE NOW ONLINE

The print Issue 11 of the Salford Star is now available online, after 20,000 copies have been distributed all over the city.

The magazine features articles on Graham Nash, Lower Broughton's Boxing Day flood and the property boom in Ordsall, as well as the full list of Mary Burns Award winners and loads of great things going off in the community.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 12, 2016  

 
 

WILL SALFORD CITY MAYOR REVEAL INCOME TAX RETURNS?

Star date: 11th April 2016

CORBYN CALLS FOR EVERYONE IN PUBLIC LIFE TO REVEAL TAX RETURNS

Yesterday, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn argued that everyone "involved in public life" should reveal their income tax returns..."Money and politics have to be treated with the greatest sense of openness possible" he added...

So will Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, now reveal his income tax returns for the last six years? Don't hold your breath...

Full details here...

added Monday, April 11, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD TUSC LAUNCHES LOCAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2016

Star date: 11th April 2016

TUSC STANDS IN 18 WARDS BUT PULLS OUT OF MAYOR ELECTION

A fight back? "Some may think that Paul Dennett will do this but, given his record of voting for cuts every year since elected, we remain unconvinced..." Salford Socialist Party

Salford Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) yesterday launched its local election campaign outside Salford Civic Centre. TUSC is standing in 18 local wards but has pulled its candidate out of the race to be the next elected City Mayor of Salford.

A statement by the Salford Socialist Party, which is part of TUSC, explained the reason for the mayoral no-show... "Some left activists felt that Paul Dennett, Labour mayoral candidate, should be given a free run and that was reflected in parts of TUSC..."

Full details here...

added Monday, April 11, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MINING AND COAL EXHIBITION AT THE CORNERSTONE

Star date: 11th April 2016

IRWELL VALLEY PIT HISTORY ON SHOW

Irwell Valley Mining Project exhibition
Monday 11th April – Friday 18th April 10am-6pm
The Langworthy Cornerstone free

The Irwell Valley Mining Project exhibition arrives at the Langworthy Cornerstone this week featuring photos, books, pamphlets, photos and more relating to the Irwell Valley pits and beyond...

Full details here...

added Monday, April 11, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COMMUNITY THEATRE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR LOVE ON THE DOLE

Star date: 10th April 2016

STAGE MANAGERS, COSTUME, SETS, PROPS AND PR NEEDED FOR WALTER GREENWOOD SPECTACULAR

In July, Salford Community Theatre is staging a production of Walter Greenwood's Love On The Dole and, while the community cast is complete, volunteers are desperately needed to help backstage and front of house.

Meanwhile, on April 15th, the theatre group is hosting an evening of music at the Old Pint Pot to raise awareness and funds for the production.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 10, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS END LEEDS RHINOS DROUGHT

Star date: 10th April 2016

SALFORD RED DEVILS 14 LEEDS RHINOS 10

The Red Devils ended their 23 year spell without a home win against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday with a 14-10 victory. Here, Simon Williams reports from the AJ Bell Stadium terraces...

Match report here...

added Sunday, April 10, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD STAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO LOWER BROUGHTON’S VAL BROADBENT

Star date: 10th April 2016

VAL BROADBENT – A PROPER SALFORD STAR

"We're just fighting for what we want; it's us who have got to live here..."

It was with great sadness that the Salford Star learnt this week that Val Broadbent had passed away after a long illness. Val was one of the most outspoken people throughout the `regeneration' of Lower Broughton and a lovely woman with a proper Salford sense of humour. She will be greatly missed.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 10, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD LOCAL ELECTION 2016 SEES FIVE PARTIES CONTEST ALMOST ALL SEATS

Star date: 9th April 2016

TORIES, GREENS, LABOUR, UKIP AND TUSC CONTEST 21 SALFORD SEATS

As well as the Salford Mayor election, May 5th also sees the election of local councillors, and this year 21 seats are up for selection. The Tories and Labour are standing in all 21 seats, the Greens are standing in 20, UKIP in 19 and TUSC in 18.

There are also two independents standing in Langworthy and Winton, plus British Resistance, English Democrats and the Republic Party standing in three other seats. The Labour Party currently has 51 seats out of sixty overall in the council.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 9, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MAYOR ELECTION SHOCK AS THREE CANDIDATES DROP OUT

Star date: 8th April 2016

SALFORD MAYOR ELECTION WILL SEE ONLY FOUR CANDIDATES

The Salford Mayor election on 5th May will see only four candidates, as two independents and TUSC dropped out of the contest to replace Ian Stewart.

Now the election will be fought by Wendy Olsen for the Green Party, Owen Hammond for UKIP, Paul Dennett for the Labour Party and Robin Garrido for the Conservative Party.

Full details here...

added Friday, April 8, 2016  

 
 

AS JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE, MASSIVE PROFITS BEING MADE FROM SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL

Star date: 7th April 2016

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL EQUITY OWNED OFFSHORE AS COMPANIES CASH IN ON NHS

As junior doctors continue their second day of industrial action, the Salford Star can reveal that PFI equity in Salford Royal Hospital was sold to an offshore company registered in Guernsey. According to the European Services Strategy Unit, Balfour Beatty, which sold 50% of its PFI equity to HICL Infrastructure in 2013, made a profit of £11.5million on the deal, and at the time was making almost 19% return on its investment.

Meanwhile, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust paid over £5million in PFI interest last year, as it forecasts a deficit of almost £15million by the end of this year.

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 7, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL VOTES TO DEMOLISH LISTED BLACK HORSE PUB

Star date: 7th April 2016

FRED DONE'S 22 STOREY TOWER IN CRESCENT CONSERVATION AREA GETS GO-AHEAD

"Once more we are destroying our architecture..." Councillor Ronnie Wilson

This morning, Salford councillors voted to allow Fred Done's company, Property (Done) Ltd, to demolish the locally listed Black Horse pub and build 399 unaffordable rental flats in blocks up to 22 storeys high within the Crescent conservation area.

The only vote against the scheme was by Seedley and Weaste councillor Ronnie Wilson who said that Salford Council had `crossed a red line'.

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 7, 2016  

 
 

STRIKING SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS SAY NHS IS FACING DOCTOR SHORTAGE

Star date: 6th April 2016

SALFORD NHS TO FACE DOCTOR SHORTAGE WARNS BMA REP

A striking BMA rep on the picket line outside Salford Royal Hospital this morning told the Salford Star that the NHS is facing a doctor shortage due to the Tory Government's imposition on new contracts and terms and conditions... "Fifty per cent of my colleagues aren't taking training posts next year...because they are scared about what's going to happen."

"People realise that this isn't about our pay, this is about the future of the NHS; that's what we're fighting for" she added "We're incredibly grateful for the support from the public."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 6, 2016  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER HOUSING ACTION NETWORK DEMANDS SEAT AT DEVOLUTION PARTY

Star date: 5th April 2016

HOUSING ACTION LAUNCHES TO UNITE GREATER MANCHESTER HOUSING ISSUES

"Devolution is not our party...we're locked out completely"

Last weekend the Great Manchester Housing Action network was launched as an umbrella group to demand action and solutions to the area's growing housing problems.

At a founding conference in Manchester, residents and representatives heard how Greater Manchester devolution has an agenda set by business interests, which excluded social housing and homelessness as a priority. The network's first demand is for a position on the Greater Manchester Combine Authorities Planning and Housing Commission.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 5, 2016  

 
 

MANCHESTER MARCH WITH THE HOMELESS 2016

Star date: 3rd April 2016

SALFORD TO JOIN HOMELESS MARCH IN MANCHESTER

March With The Homeless 2016
Friday April 15th 5pm
Piccadilly Gardens

Following last year's huge March With The Homeless, which led to the setting up of homelessness campaign camps around Manchester, Friday, April 15th sees another protest march as the issue continues to persist.

In the meantime, this Thursday, April 7th, sees the Manchester Crown Court hearing for last year's march organiser, Wesley Hall, who is charged with Possession Of An Offensive Weapon... "For me simply holding a pirate flag!", says Wesley.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 3, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY HOSTS LAUNCH OF BENNY ROTHMAN BOOKLET

Star date: 2nd April 2016

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KINDER SCOUT TRESPASS, ANTI FASCIST AND TRADE UNION FIGHTER

Benny Rothman: A fighter for the right to roam, workers' rights and socialism
Friday 8th April 1:30-4pm
Working Class Movement Library

Cheetham Hill's Benny Rothman was a huge activist in the trade union movement, the anti-fascist fight and the struggle to free the countryside for ramblers to roam. This Friday sees the launch of a new Unite the Union booklet on his life at the Working Class Movement Library, with its author Mark Metcalf and Benny's son Harry. Everyone who attends will get a free copy of the 64 page biography.

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added Saturday, April 2, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD QUAYS AMONGST 10% MOST DEPRIVED AREAS IN ENGLAND

Star date: April 1st 2016

SALFORD QUAYS 10% MOST DEPRIVED – MEDIACITYUK 20% MOST DEPRIVED

According to latest official Government measures of deprivation, Salford Quays is ranked 2,927 out of 32,844 neighbourhoods in England – putting it amongst the 10% most deprived areas in the country for Living Environment Deprivation.

Meanwhile, Media City itself is ranked 4,479 out of 32,844 neighbourhoods, putting it in the 20% most deprived areas in the country for Barriers to Housing and Services Deprivation. Today we are asking Salford people to spare a thought for the poor BBC souls living and working in Peel Holdings' poverty den on the Quays...

Full details here...

added Friday, April 1, 2016  

 
 

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