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AFTER THE BOXING DAY FLOOD SALFORD COMMUNITY SEEKS OWN SOLUTIONS

Star date: 31st May 2016

NEVER MIND THE FLOOD REPORT DELAY – HERE'S THE DIY SOLUTIONS

Floods, Climate Change, Solutions
Sunday 5th June 4pm-6:30pm
Albert Park

With the official report into Lower Broughton's Boxing Day flood delayed in a mire of red tape, this Sunday the Climate Survivors organisation is putting on an event for the community to work together to find its own solutions.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, May 31, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD DRAMA SOCIETY FILMS HILARIOUS S.O.S. VIDEO TO ENTICE MEN

Star date: 30th May 2016

ST LUKE'S ARTS AND DRAMA SOCIETY SEEKS MEN

St Luke's Arts and Drama Society (S.L.A.D.S) has come up with a unique S.O.S. video to entice desperately needed men to join their group to perform, build sets or just help out generally.

The video shows all the women chasing a poor bloke around Seedley before finally capturing him and taking him back to their base. Meanwhile, the top amateur troupe in Salford is performing Oliver the Musical this week at St Luke's Parish Hall.

Full details here...

added Monday, May 30, 2016  

 
 

RACISM OF DONALD TRUMP FATHER TO BE EXPOSED AT WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY MUSICAL FUNDRAISER

Star date: 30th May 2016

EWAN MACCOLL, WOODY GUTHRIE AND DONALD TRUMP UNDER SPOTLIGHT AT SALFORD FUNDRAISER

Fishing in the Dustbowl
Sunday 5th June 2pm £10/£8
Peel Hall, University of Salford

A musical fundraiser for Salford's Working Class Movement Library next Sunday will see Will Kaufman performing and talking about songs by legendary American radical Woody Guthrie. Will has written extensively about Guthrie and has recently unearthed unpublished lyrics condemning the racism of his landlord, Fred C Trump - Donald Trump's father. John Conolly will also be performing his own songs plus a few from Salford's own Ewan MacColl.

Full details here...

added Monday, May 30, 2016  

 
 

WOMEN IN TRADE UNIONS PAMPHLET LAUNCH AND PLAY IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 30th May 2016

WOMEN TRADE UNIONISTS TELL THEIR STORIES

Dare To Be Free pamphlet launch and play 
Saturday 4th June 2pm free
Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade

Next Saturday the pamphlet Dare To Be Free, documenting the life of pioneering trade unionist Mary Quayle and latter day women in trade unions, is launched at the Three Minute Theatre in Afflecks Arcade. Following the launch there will be a final performance of the Mary Quaile play, Dare To Be Free, first staged at the May Day Festival this year.

Full details here...

added Monday, May 30, 2016  

 
 

ADOLF HITLER HORROR OF SALFORD MAN’S PASSPORT PHOTO

Star date: 29th May 2016

`DISTRAUGHT' SALFORD MAN SEES HITLER ON HIS PASSPORT PHOTO

Salford's Stuart Boyd got a massive shock when he opened his new passport, only to see his photo resembling Nazi monster Adolf Hitler.

"I was absolutely gutted and distraught when I saw it" says Stuart "Does nobody check these things before they send them out?" Now Stuart's mates are expecting him to grab the sunbeds when they go on holiday in June, while the Passport Office told the Salford Star that it is `investigating' the Hitler horror.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 29, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD SWIMMER SELECTED FOR GREAT BRITAIN JUNIOR TEAM

Star date: 29th May 2016

LEWIS CLOUGH TO REPRESENT BRITAIN AT EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Lewis Clough, currently studying for A Levels at Eccles College, has been selected as one of only 26 athletes to represent Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Hungary this summer.

The City of Salford Swimming Club member, who specialises in Freestyle and Butterfly, previously won medals representing England in the Commonwealth Games in Samoa last year.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 29, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MINERS MEMORIAL UNVEILED AT SWINTON CIVIC CENTRE

Star date: 28th May 2016

HUNDREDS GREET THE UNVEILING OF MINERS BENCH AND MEMORIAL

"Have a seat, but as you do have a thought or two for the mine workers of the Irwell Valley..." Brian Stott 

Hundreds of people turned out this afternoon for the unveiling of another fitting memorial to the men, women and boys who worked at Salford's Irwell Valley pits. The memorial – a bench featuring a beautifully carved figure of a miner and a lamp – was unveiled by ex-Agecroft Colliery workers and the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford.

Full details here...

added Saturday, May 28, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS 38 WAKEFIELD 8

Star date: 28th May 2016

THREE TRIES IN FIVE MINUTES SEE SALFORD TO VICTORY

Salford ran in three tries in a mesmerising five minute spell early in the second half to sweep to an impressive 38-8 victory over Wakefield, taking another step to clawing back the six points deducted for breaching the salary cap. With that deduction going to the independent Sports Committee, Salford fans have lots to be pleased about, reports Simon Williams...

Match report here...

added Saturday, May 28, 2016  

 
 

FRACKING AND CLIMATE CHANGE TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR RACE

Star date: 27th May 2016

ANDY BURNHAM DECLARES AGAINST FRACKING – BUT WHAT ABOUT GM PENSION FUND INVESTMENTS IN FOSSIL FUELS?

After the decision in North Yorkshire to allow test fracking this week, unconventional gas extraction and climate change are becoming central issues in the race to become Greater Manchester Mayor in 2017. Andy Burnham, the favourite to be the Labour Party's candidate, this week came out against fracking and told the Salford Star "I want a Greater Manchester that is building the future and leading the way on renewable energy".

However, Burnham wouldn't respond on the issue of the GM Pension Fund removing its investments from fossil fuel companies, the root of a mighty row between Fossil Free Greater Manchester and Fund Chair, Tameside Labour Councillor Kieron Quinn.

Full details here...

added Friday, May 27, 2016  

 
 

DEVASTATING IMPACT OF BENEFIT SANCTIONS ON SALFORD PEOPLE

Star date: 26th May 2016

YOUNG PEOPLE `BULLIED' AWAY FROM SUPPORT... DESTITUTION...MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES...`DEVASTATING' IMPACT...

A new report by the Salford Task Force into the impact of benefit `conditionality' and sanctions shows that the tough new welfare regime imposed by the Tory Government has not led to an increase in employment, only `hardship and destitution' through "inappropriate and potentially unlawful" practices.

Groups in Salford affected most by `devastating' sanctions include vulnerable under 25 year olds, people with mental health issues, lone parents and those with language and literacy barriers. Meanwhile, many young people have `disappeared' from the benefit system, `bullied off the books'...

Full details here...

added Thursday, May 26, 2016  

 
 

ANGER AT SALFORD FLOOD REPORT DELAY BY GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY

Star date: 25th May 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON BOXING DAY FLOOD REPORT STILL NOT PUBLISHED

A report into the Lower Broughton's Boxing Day flood has still not surfaced, five months after the event. At a stormy community meeting in January the now ex Salford Mayor Ian Stewart promised a full investigation. But the report is nowhere to be seen, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which is responsible for its publication, refusing to comment.

"What's the hold up, have they got something to hide?" asks flood victim, Debbie Prince "They think that we've forgotten about it but we've not!"

Full details here...

added Wednesday, May 25, 2016  

 
 

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD STAFF JOIN NATIONAL PAY STRIKE

Star date: 25th May 2016

SALFORD UNIVERSITY STAFF ON STRIKE OVER `DERISORY' PAY OFFER

UCU members of staff at the University of Salford began a two day strike today over, what they call a `derisory' offer of a 1.1% increase in pay, growing pay inequality and the casualisation of staff, while vice chancellors' and principals' pay has seen a `significant increase'.

"We're on strike to try and redress this differential" says Salford University UCU Treasurer, Glyn Heath. 

Full details here...

added Wednesday, May 25, 2016  

 
 

FIRST BUS STRIKE AFFECTS SALFORD SERVICES

Star date: 24th May 2016

SERIOUS BREACHES OF AGREEMENTS LEADS TO FIRST UK BUS STRIKE

Hundreds of bus drivers, members of Unite union, began a 24 hour strike today at First Manchester UK over breaches of longstanding industrial agreements, which will affect services in Salford.

"It is with a heavy heart that our members have been left with no option but to strike" says Unite regional officer Neil Clarke "We regret any inconvenience and disruption caused to passengers, but they cannot and will not sit by and let their hard fought for agreements be trashed."

Full details here...

added Tuesday, May 24, 2016  

 
 

GREEN PARTY SLAMS `FIGLEAF’ GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION CONSULTATION

Star date: 23rd May 2016

GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN PARTIES SLATE CONSULTATION `FARCE'

"We deplore the lack of public consultation that there has been both before and during the introduction of Devo Manc" GM Green Parties Forum.

Greater Manchester Green Parties Forum, which represents local Green Party branches, has slated the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities devolution consultation, which closed on 18th May. 

"From the outset this process has been run by Tory and Labour politicians behind closed doors" says Brian Candeland, North West Green Party Chair "To hold this figleaf consultation now two years down the line is a farce."

Full details here...

added Monday, May 23, 2016  

 
 

SEXY PSYCHOPATH JOURNALIST LOOSE IN BEETHAM TOWER SHOCK HORROR

Star date: 22nd May 2016

PUTTING THE `HOT' IN `PSYCHOTIC' AND THE `SEXY' IN `PSYCHOPATHIC'

Psychopathy and The Single Girl
Wednesday June 22nd to 25th
King's Arms Theatre

A psychopathic journalist messes with a city lawyer in the Beetham Tower in a controversial new multi-media, sexy, horror, comedy experience, as a series of murders create mayhem, to a background of Manc music and local filmscapes.

Psychopathy and The Single Girl runs for four days in June at the King's Arms and stars Beth Hunter of the upcoming Brit film, Dusty and Me, and Salford actor, Rob Lines, who has just returned from performing in New York alongside Francesca Annis. A strange, stylish, noir night is promised.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 22, 2016  

 
 

BEING THERE FOR SALFORD PEOPLE

Star date: 22nd May 2016

ONLY FOR CARING AND RELIABLE SALFORD PEOPLE

Are you mature, semi-retired maybe, reliable and caring? This could be the perfect opportunity to do volunteer work, basically by Being There.

Being There has a base at Langworthy Cornerstone and supports people who have illnesses like cancer, strokes and heart disease. The charity's staff and volunteers provide emotional support, transport to hospital appointments and social activities. But it works both ways, says Karen Mercer of Being There..."Volunteering keeps people healthy and sociable...we've even had a couple of marriages."

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 22, 2016  

 
 

ALAN HENNING MEMORIAL GARDEN OPENS IN ECCLES

Star date: 22nd May 2016

`IN MEMORY OF ALAN HENNING WHO GAVE HIS LIFE HELPING PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED'

A permanent garden memorial to Salford aid worker Alan Henning was officially opened this week at Eccles Recreation Ground. The circular garden is based upon a clock face, a place of quiet reflection and symbolic of time.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 22, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS EDGE PAST WIDNES ON MAGIC WEEKEND

Star date: 22nd May 2016

SALFORD RED DEVILS 18 WIDNES VIKINGS 12

Salford kicked off the Magic Weekend with a hard fought 18-12 victory over Widnes at the home of Newcastle United. It was a morale boosting win, after another turbulent week at the club as owner Marwan Koukash called for a breakaway from the RFL. Simon Williams reports...

Match report here...

added Sunday, May 22, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MINERS MEMORIAL BENCH AND STATUE TO BE UNVEILED AT CIVIC CENTRE

Star date: 21st May 2016

FRIENDS OF AGECROFT COLLIERY TO UNVEIL MEMORIAL TO SALFORD MINERS

Unveiling of Miners Memorial Bench, Statue and Stone
Saturday 28th May 12:30pm
Salford Civic Centre, Swinton

Next Saturday, the Friends of Agecroft Colliery will be unveiling a stunning statue of a miner, a bench and a stone to remember those who worked in the mines around Salford, and the many who lost their lives, including the 178 men and boys who perished in the Clifton Hall Colliery disaster of 1885. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Full details here...

added Saturday, May 21, 2016  

 
 

MANCHESTER AND SALFORD NUJ REMEMBERS VERONICA GUERIN

Star date: 21st May 2016

MURDERED JOURNALIST IN FILM AND TALK TRIBUTE

Remembering Veronica Guerin
Sunday 29th May 7:30pm
Three Minute Theatre, Manchester £4

Veronica Guerin, the Irish journalist killed by drugs lords twenty years ago, is to be remembered by Manchester and Salford NUJ branch, with a special screening of the Veronica Guerin film starring Cate Blanchett and a talk by NUJ Irish Secretary Seamus Dooley, who worked with the legendary investigative reporter. The event is open to non-NUJ members.

Full details here...

added Saturday, May 21, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS £27,000 ON GARDEN SHED FOR TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW

Star date: 20th May 2016

SALFORD'S £27,000 SHED FOR FIVE DAY FLOWER SHOW

`The exhibit consists of a shed which will be redesigned...'

Salford Council is to spend a total of £26,841.40 on a garden shed exhibit at July's five day, £32 per ticket RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. The shed is part of the Blooming Bridgewater project, and "will be redesigned to reference the sights and experiences of the canal environment", the Council states.

As the Council forks out almost £27,000 on the shed, it is currently deciding on whether to axe its £21,600 grant to Ordsall Community Arts, which has been established in its community for almost forty years.

Full details here...

added Friday, May 20, 2016  

 
 

WEASEL WORDS FROM NEW SALFORD CITY MAYOR ON TRANSPARENCY

Star date: 19th May 2016

`TRANSPARENCY'... `ENGAGING THE PUBLIC'... `ACCOUNTABILITY' PROMISED BY NEW SALFORD MAYOR

"It was quite clear during the election process that transparency and accountability... is very much important amongst our electorate..." Paul Dennett

New Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, in his first address to Salford City Council yesterday, acknowledged the public perception of a lack of transparency and accountability surrounding decision making in the city – and promised "a fresh approach to governance".

What Dennett failed to mention was Salford Council battling to keep documents secret at the Information Commissioners' office, and the ongoing refusal to answer questions from community media.

Full details here...

added Thursday, May 19, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD LABOUR PARTY SPLIT AND AT WAR DESPITE NEW MAYOR

Star date: 18th May 2016

ANOTHER LABOUR COUNCILLOR DISCIPLINED AS SPLITS WIDEN

The Salford Star understands that Councillor Howard Balkind will be dragged before the Salford Labour Party chief whip to be disciplined, after an email warning of the growing divide within the local Party.

Following, what one insider called the `kangeroo court' which removed the whip from Councillor Wilson last year, and the resignation of Labour Councillor Neil Blower from the Party alleging bullying, this latest episode is already reflecting badly on new City Mayor Paul Dennett.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, May 18, 2016  

 
 

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE CONFERENCE CHARGES £150 PER TICKET

Star date: 17th May 2016

£150 PER TICKET – TO HEAR POLITICIANS PAID FROM PUBLIC MONEY

Few people from what is being re-named the `Northern Poorhouse' will be able to attend a Realising the Northern Powerhouse conference on 8th July, as tickets cost £150 (plus booking fee).

The elite get together features publicly paid politicians including Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Bury MP Ivan Lewis, waffling about the Northern Powerhouse and "real change for the people who live there". Unfortunately, the `people who live there' can't afford to go.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, May 17, 2016  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION CONSULTATION CAPERS

Star date: 16th May 2016

TWO DAYS LEFT TO COMMENT ON `DODGY' DEVOLUTION DEAL

"The promotion of corporate and private business interests, at the expense of the wider public..." CDD

There are only two days left to comment on Greater Manchester Combined Authority's new powers, or what the Campaign for Democratic Devolution (CDD) calls, "the whole dodgy and completely undemocractic Devo Manc devolution deal..."

But how much real information is being given in the consultation document on which people are supposed to give their views?

Full details here...

added Monday, May 16, 2016  

 
 

GRAHAM NASH HITS HOME CITY SALFORD

Star date: 15th May 2016

GRAHAM NASH IN CONCERT AND ON SALFORD ART GALLERY WALLS

The Hollies and Crosby Stills, Nash and Young legend, Graham Nash, hits his home city Salford this month, with an ongoing photography exhibition until July at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, and a concert at The Albert Hall, Manchester, on 21st May, plus a new album.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 15, 2016  

 
 

WILD MEDICINE WALKS IN SALFORD IN ECCLES AND BARTON MOSS

Star date: 15th May 2016

LITTLE WEED PROVIDES BIG REMEDIES FOR SALFORD PEOPLE

Local Herbal Medicine and Weed Walk
Sunday May 22nd 1:30pm, Eccles

Frack Free Wild Medicine Walk
Sunday May 29th noon, Barton Moss

`Come...for a slow walk down the lane, without being arrested...'

Barton Moss, the scene of anti-fracking protests a few years ago, is also a green oasis bearing wild medicinal plants. On 29th May, the Wild Sistas will be slow walking down Barton Moss Road again, showing people how to identify plants that can be used for remedies, while sharing memories of the campaign. And next Sunday, 22nd, there's also a Local Herbal Medicine and Weed Walk around Eccles.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 15, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS SQUASHED BY ST HELENS AND REF

Star date: 14th May 2016

ST HELENS 34 SALFORD RED DEVILS 20

Red Devils coach, Ian Watson, said at the end of the defeat by St Helens that "We were on the rough end of some iffy decisions by the referee". Reds' fans put it slightly stronger, as Simon Williams reports...

Meanwhile Reds owner, Marwan Koukash, is rumoured to have called a press conference for Wednesday as the intrigue hots up.

Match report here...

added Saturday, May 14, 2016  

 
 

MAN TRANSFORMS INTO GOAT THANKS TO SALFORD UNIVERSITY

Star date: 13th May 2016

MAN LIVES AS GOAT IN SWISS ALPS SPORTING SALFORD'S FINEST KIDSWEAR

"I tried to become a goat to escape the angst inherent in being a human" Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites wanted to live out his dream of becoming a goat in the Swiss Alps. So he enlisted the help of prosthetics expert Dr Glyn Heath of the University of Salford, who made a set of special goat-like artificial limbs, enabling him to roam around on all fours, and even eat grass.

"He asked me to try to make him walk in as much of a goat-like way as possible" says Dr Heath "He later told me he got on fairly well..."

Full details here...

added Friday, May 13, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD POLLUTION SECOND WORST IN ENGLAND STATES WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

Star date: 13th May 2016

SALFORD POLLUTION WORSE THAN MANCHESTER AND EQUAL TO LONDON

New statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that Salford's air quality, as measured in PM2.5 pollution, is the joint second worst in England, and is still breaching WHO limits.

"When dirty air blankets our cities the most vulnerable urban populations - the youngest, oldest and poorest - are the most impacted" says the WHO's Dr Flavia Bustreo.

Full details here...

added Friday, May 13, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR LEAVES TO JOIN PRIVATE DEVELOPER

Star date: 12th May 2016

KAREN HIRST TO JOIN ERIC WRIGHT GROUP WHICH HAS HAD OVER £1MILLION COUNCIL CONTRACTS

Salford City Council's head of development, Karen Hirst, is leaving to join the Eric Wright Group as board director within its property development arm. Various subsidiaries of the Eric Wright Group have had well over £1million in regeneration contracts from Salford Council.

On announcing the appointment, Hirst said "I will be utilising my skills and experience to create opportunities to deliver regeneration projects across all sectors."

Full details here...

added Thursday, May 12, 2016  

 
 

NEW SALFORD COUNCIL CABINET SEES SAME OLD FACES

Star date: 11th May 2016

LANCASTER, HINDS, ANTROBUS, MERRY...13 PAID EXECS...TWO DEPUTY MAYORS...AND A REVOLVING HOUSING DOOR...

New Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has announced his `fresh' Cabinet, with many of the same old faces still there in the thick of it. Bill Hinds stays as `lead member' for Finance, Derek Antrobus stays as head of Planning, and David Lancaster has incredibly been handed the job as head of Environment, given his controversial involvement in the Hill Top Moss green space sell-off.

Meanwhile, amongst the 13 paid `executive' and `executive support' positions, there's two Deputy Mayors - John Merry (Deputy) and Paula Boshell (Statutory Deputy?) -, and Paul Longshaw, previously the council officer in charge of the Pendleton Together project, is now `lead member' for Housing.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, May 11, 2016  

 
 

SCHOOLS STRIKES HIT SALFORD AND BURY OVER REDUNDANCIES

Star date: 10th May 2016 

STRIKES HIT SWINTON HIGH SCHOOL AND PRESTWICH ARTS COLLEGE

As GSCEs loom, Swinton High School in Salford and Prestwich Arts College in Bury were partially closed today as teachers from the NUT and NASUWT unions took strike action against redundancies.

"There has been no real attempt by the employer to address the concerns of teachers, who are understandably very worried about their jobs and the impact job loss will have on educational provision" said Dave Kitchen of NASUWT Salford.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, May 10, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD DEVELOPERS AVOID £6MILLION PLANNING FEES FOR OVER 1,600 FLATS

Star date: 9th May 2016

NEW SALFORD MAYOR, SAME OLD PLANNING SCANDAL

Three developers are set to avoid almost £6million in planning fees for a total of 1,643 apartments and retail units being thrown up in multi-storey blocks up to 44 storeys high in Greengate, Chapel Street and Salford Quays.

TH Real Estate, states that its plans for between 600 and 800 flats in Waterfront Quay won't be viable – but Salford City Council figures show that it won't be viable after the developer's profit of up to £24million has been taken into account. A new Salford Mayor there may be, but the planning scandal continues...

Full details here...

added Monday, May 9, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD AT THE CENTRE OF CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT

Star date: 8th May 2016

CAMPAIGNERS WALK BACKWARDS IN CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST

Today, in Manchester, campaigners walked backwards around Albert Square to protest against the backwards steps being taken by the Tory Government since the Paris agreement was signed last December.

At the centre of many speeches was Salford's Boxing Day flood... "It's not enough  to have the floods, where everybody rallies around and gets back to normal, with no links being made with the bigger picture and the wider causes" said Pauline from Climate Survivors.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 8, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD SWIMMER WINS GOLD AT BRITISH CEREBRAL PALSY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Star date: 8th May 2016

JACOB WINS BACKSTROKE GOLD

12 year old Jacob Chambers, from Eccles, has become National Age Group Champion at the British Cerebral Palsy Championships in Nottingham, where he won a gold medal in the 50metre Backstroke.

Jacob also won bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle, despite competing against swimmers up to two years older than himself.

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 8, 2016  

 
 

CASTLEFORD TIGERS KNOCK SALFORD RED DEVILS OUT OF THE CHALLENGE CUP

Star date: 8th May 2016

CASTLEFORD TIGERS 32 SALFORD RED DEVILS 18

With some Salford fans still squirming from the six point deduction in the League, there were high hopes that a Challenge Cup run could ease the pain. But it was not to be, as Simon Williams reports...

Match report and fan reaction here...

added Sunday, May 8, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD FLOOD FEATURES IN WALKING BACKWARDS CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST

Star date: 7th May 2016

WALKING BACKWARDS CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST

Walking Backwards
Sunday, May 8th 2pm-3:30pm
Albert Square, Manchester

The Salford flood is to feature in speeches at tomorrow's Walking Backwards protest at Albert Square in Manchester, which is aiming to draw attention to the UK Government's backtracking on climate change.

"Recent floods in Salford and elsewhere show that climate change is already affecting our lives" says Judy Paskell, of Campaign Against Climate Change "We're not going to take this lying down! Instead we'll do a short backwards walk to show what we think of Cameron's policies..."

Full details here...

added Saturday, May 7, 2016  

 
 

LABOUR PARTY PAUL DENNETT ELECTED MAYOR OF SALFORD

Star date: 6th May 2016

LABOUR WINS MAYOR CONTEST ON SECOND BALLOT

"We can provide for the vulnerable; we can give voice to those without power" Paul Dennett

The Labour Party's Paul Dennett was elected as the new Salford City Mayor this afternoon on second preference votes, after failing to reach the 50% threshold by 0.5%.

Almost 3,000 ballot papers were rejected during the count but it made little difference as Dennett had a 13,848 majority at the end of the second ballot, with Conservative candidate Robin Garrido coming second. UKIP came third overall with the Green Party fourth.

Full details click here...

added Friday, May 6, 2016  

 
 

LABOUR PARTY WINS IN SALFORD WITH REDUCED MAJORITIES

Star date: 6th May 2016

NO CHANGE IN SALFORD AS SEATS STAY SAME

No wards changed hands in the Salford local election last night, with the Labour Party holding onto all of its 19 contested seats, while the Tories also held its two seats. However, in comparison to four years ago, almost two thirds of Labour councillors were elected with reduced majorities.

The turnout was 30%, with the closest contest being Walkden South, where Labour held on by 155 votes.

Full details here...

added Friday, May 6, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RESIDENTS PUSHED OUT THROUGH ORDSALL PROPERTY BOOM

Star date: 5th May 2016

AS PROPERTY DEVELOPERS GRAB ORDSALL WHERE IS THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

"I've lived here all my life but I feel like we're being pushed out of the way" Linda

Ordsall is being squeezed by developers and speculators cashing in on MediaCityUK on one side, Manchester on the other and some tasty real estate in the middle.

But where does this leave the long standing community who feel they are being pushed out?

Full details click here...

added Thursday, May 5, 2016  

 
 

AFTER TORY GOVERNMENT ATTACKS JUNIOR DOCTORS IT’S TRAINEE NURSES AND MIDWIVES NEXT

Star date: 4th May 2016

NHS STAFFING CRISIS WILL GET WORSE SAYS SALFORD AND ECCLES MP

Not content with picking a fight with junior doctors, the Tory Government is now attacking trainee nurses, midwives and health professionals with plans to scrap NHS bursary payments from next year.

The funding cut will force student nurses to take out loans, even though they work as they train, essentially forcing them to pay their own wages. In the wake of an Opposition Day debate today calling on the Government to ditch its plans, Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long Bailey accused ministers of "allowing the staffing crisis to get worse."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, May 4, 2016  

 
 

WENDY OLSEN GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR SALFORD MAYOR

Star date: 4th May 2016

GREENS PROMISE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE

Wendy Olsen, who is standing for the Green Party in the Salford Mayor election, believes that the role should be political, and would promote an anti-cuts policy, while trying to reverse the power that developers and speculators have in the city.

"We want to be on that ballot paper to give people an alternative to Labour" she says. But what is that alternative and do the Greens stand a chance?

For the full interview click here...

added Wednesday, May 4, 2016  

 
 

OWEN HAMMOND UKIP CANDIDATE FOR SALFORD MAYOR

Star date: 3rd May 2016

OSWALD MOSLEY CONTROVERSY CLOUDS UKIP POLICIES

UKIP's big hope for Salford City Mayor, Owen Hammond, hasn't had the easiest of times, with revelations that one of the Party's now-resigned local election candidates supported eugenics and had an interest in fascist Oswald Mosley.

Hammond is desperate to get away from such images, with plans including Salford kids cadets, moving Parliament to Salford Quays, bringing back the cotton industry to the city...and sorting out `Nig-nogs'

Full details here...

added Tuesday, May 3, 2016  

 
 

FREE KIDS CRAFT SESSIONS AT SALFORD SCRAPSTORE

Star date: 2nd May 2016

SUPER SATURDAYS CHILDREN'S ART SESSIONS

Super Saturdays
Saturday 7th May 10:30am-2pm free
Salford Scrapstore

Salford Scrapstore, which opened recently near Langley Road South, is running the first of its free children's sessions which include scrap modelling and fun messy crafts for ages 4-12 and parents.

Full details here...

added Monday, May 2, 2016  

 
 

MANCHESTER MAY DAY RALLY HEARS THE WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN

Star date: 2nd May 2016

HUNDREDS ATTEND MAY DAY FESTIVAL – BUT WHERE WERE THE REST?

"Wealth and power is in the wrong hands, the world is upside down and our job is to get organised and turn it the right way up" Matt Wrack FBU.

Hundreds of people attended the excellent May Day Festival in Manchester on Saturday and heard rousing speeches at the closing rally, including the Fire Brigades Union General Secretary Matt Wrack insisting that the world was upside down. But while tens of thousands of people marched and celebrated Workers Day around Europe, Greater Manchester could merely muster a few hundred. What is going on?

Full report here...

added Monday, May 2, 2016  

 
 

ARTHUR SCARGILL TRIUMPHS AT MANCHESTER MAY DAY FESTIVAL

Star date: 1st May 2016

ARTHUR SCARGILL ON ORGREAVE, JUNIOR DOCTORS, FOOD BANKS, EUROPE AND JEREMY CORBYN'S BETRAYAL

"The miners' strike; what was the greatest victory? It was the struggle itself..."

As trade union legend and national treasure, Arthur Scargill, took to the stage at the Manchester May Day Festival yesterday, he was met with standing ovations, constant cheers and loads of laughter as he cracked jokes about himself, while tearing into austerity, Europe, the Tories, the police and the "ultimate betrayal" by Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn...

Full details here...

added Sunday, May 1, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS BEAT HULL KR 44-26 TO HELP POINTS TALLY

Star date: 1st May 2016

SALFORD REGAIN TWO OF THE SIX POINT DEDUCTION WITH HULL KR VICTORY

"Salford fans will never be defeated or deflated by the old farts at the RFL"

Despite having six points deducted by the RFL this week for alleged salary cap violations, Salford Red Devils stormed back with a 44-26 victory over Hull KR, as Simon Williams reports...

Full match report here...

added Sunday, May 1, 2016  

 
 

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