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Star date: 14th September 2011

BOUNDARY CHANGE MADNESS SPURS SAVE SALFORD CAMPAIGN

Following yesterday's revelations about Salford being broken up into a zillion new constituencies, none of which will be called Salford, a new Save Salford! Facebook group has been launched.

Click here for full details and five reasons why it should be supported…


Save Salford! Save Salford! Save Salford!
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The Save Salford Facebook Group has only been launched since yesterday's announcement that the ConDem Government intends to push through anti-Salford boundary changes and it has already attracted over two hundred members, with more joining every hour.

The changes will mean that most of Central Salford will become part of Central Manchester, while Irlam and Walkden will be in Leigh, and the rest of the city will become part of Swinton. At the last General Election, people in Broughton and Kersal already found themselves outside of the Salford constituency, shoved together with Blackley.   .

"It's just a group to try and save our city!" writes campaigner, Victoria Connett "Slowly but surely it's being eaten away, what with Hope's Maternity, Chapel Street's demolition (so to speak), big Tesco at the Precinct and NOW them taking away the very best areas to call Manchester and breaking it all up!!!"

The comments on the site are already becoming a battle cry…

"Perhaps it's fate that today we all join together, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist… We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive" writes Ian McCaffery

Meanwhile, Luna Stewart writes… "They got rid of Eccles - largest Labour majority in Salford last election, when will they stop? When we no longer have options in parties, no democracy... why not get over it done with n just kill off all us workin class (oh but wait cos we're the ones who bail their backsides out financially n medically when they need our NHS etc)…"

Anyone can join the Save Salford Facebook Group by searching `Save Salford' or click here  http://www.facebook.com/groups/savesalford/

See yesterday's Salford Star feature on the changes, with links to sites that tell you how to object to the changes...Click here.

Meanwhile, here's five reasons why the Star supports the Save Salford group…

• Salford's identity as a city is already being eroded with the closure of Hope Maternity Unit, the University of Salford now calling itself University of Salford Manchester and the Quays being marketed as `Manchester's Historic Waterfront'. The A-Z of Lost Salford Streets Project says it all – it compares what's happening in places like Broughton and Ordsall with apartheid clearances in South Africa.

• The obvious clash of interests between Manchester's expansionist ambitions and Salford's community interests. Central Salford is now classified as part of the `Regional Centre', ie Manchester. Now, what would happen if Manchester's need to expand meant clearing out a community living on its borders? Who would the `Central Manchester' MP speak up for?

• Salford used to have three MPsnow it will have one in Swinton, plus a third of one in Leigh, a third of one in Manchester and a half of one in Blackley. What knowledge do they have of local interests, needs, geography and culture? They'll need a Sat Nav to find parts of their own constituency.

• Salford people will be even less inclined to partake in the democratic process. Some turnouts at elections are already around the 20% mark, this will alienate people even more. Hazel Blears might not be our favourite politician but at least she knows where Salford is, and people know who she is. Some woman or bloke with an office in Leigh or Hulme is just not going to cut it.

• The Salford Star will never change its name, as someone suggested yesterday, to the Leigh, Blackley, Swinton, Manchester Salford Star!

* photo shows new University of Salford Manchester hoodie
 
UPDATE 15th September

By midnight last night, 12 hours since it was formed, the Facebook group had over 1000 members, had applied to Parliament to form an e-petition group and is planning public meetings, marches and demos!

John wrote
at 07:43:41 on 12 October 2016
News: Islamic extremists planning to disguise as killer clowns on the Halloween day...
 
Jon doe wrote
at 06:32:08 on 19 March 2013
I had a friend who told me that one of the previous MPs for Salford would take bribe. I thought that it was a lie or a rumour, but there are so many people saying it not just from salford. plus I think it would be better if it was combined it makes more sense, its to close to the city centre. 1 minute your in manchester the next in salford.
 
Veronica Donlan [nee Willoughby} wrote
at 09:17:30 on 17 October 2011
I was born and bred in Salford, lived in Manchester since marriage 48 yrs age, but still proud to call myself a Salfordian. To me it is still Salford Lancs. Maybe there is a need for fewer MP's but not at the expense of the City of Salford. Isn't it strange the way the most profitable are being taken over by Manchester? Salford Docks was fine under Salford when it was derelict.
 
Alan Valentine wrote
at 06:55:34 on 05 October 2011
I support cuts in MP's, instead of peoples jobs, they are too many milking the system, yes we need a Salford MP, No we don't need another in Worsley, they are both in Salford City Council Boundary anyway. I support the Save Salford for changing the name Swinton Parliamentary Seat, let Hazel Blears and Barbera Keeley, have another contest for the seat, we know who will win anyway? Worsley and Eccles South has the old Eccles MP Ian Stewart, was changed by the Labour Party, never saw Labour try to save Eccles for Ian Stewart? Alan Valentine Eccles By Election - Independent Candidate
 
noel foster wrote
at 18:27:13 on 23 September 2011
Salford is a city in its own right and been here a lot longer than Manchester,SALFORD PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE MANCUNIANS, LONG LIVE Salford.
 
Lost in Dumpswinton . wrote
at 09:02:05 on 17 September 2011
Scarey can now bullshit about ' jobs for manchester ' now instead of bullshitting ' jobs for salford ' .And how many jobs have this inept , useless , cretinous clouncil been involved in creating , despite having bunged their business chums with OUR money ? NONE .
 
jim seedley wrote
at 08:48:13 on 16 September 2011
Whats all the fuss about ? Cllr merry and spicer sold salford down the river to manchester years ago. The chapel st roadworks are to improve the gateway into manchester not Salford. Manchester run salford legal team with more amalgamations to come. The quay is not prefixed with salford quays so as not to upst manchester. Sir Howard and Barbara spicer have as she says a father daughter relationship - need we say more. Salford is now Salchester we are no longer salfordonians and not one councillor gives a jot!
 
Diane Bademci wrote
at 16:34:37 on 15 September 2011
I was born a Salfordian, live in Salford and will die a Salfordian. Not only have the Government changed me from being a Lancastrian to a Mancunian courtesy of post codes and taken away the right for there to be future Salfordians through getting rid of the maternity unit at Salford Royal, they now propose to eliminate my identity in its entirety. I will not have it and if it does happen in any event, which no doubt it will, I will never vote again.
 
Just a thought wrote
at 06:14:22 on 15 September 2011
Sorry to disappoint pete - but the wards listed in the proposal not only chop through the city they stay under the "MANCHESTER CENTRAL" boundary, with the Quays labelling themselves manchester, and unaffected neighbourhoods keeping quiet, it wont be long till the hawks at Manchester Council get what they want - we lose the city status and end up with a mishmash with manchester getting control. As for a city centre we have none (admittedly) focusing instead on district centres around the city, Pendleton, Eccles, Swinton and so on.
 
Just a thought... wrote
at 19:34:37 on 14 September 2011
The photo above lists quite clearly why that institution on the crescent doesn't deserve the royal charter which labelled it a university. What was wrong with the lion insignia? Have they truly sold out in desperation for student numbers or is another case of a once great institution mis-marketing itself to get cash...a slippery slope if ever there was.
 
Pete wrote
at 19:34:20 on 14 September 2011
I suspect, as a political fudge, that the Central Manchester constituency will be renamed Manchester and Salford. Geographically, Salford is a mess, and has no focal point as a city. This, to me, is the real problem.
 
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