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SALFORD LABOUR SELECT IAN STEWART FOR MAYOR
 

Star date: 4th March 2012

JOHN MERRY OUSTED AS LABOUR SELECTS STEWART

John Merry, current Labour Leader of Salford Council, received a crushing blow today when he was beaten in the race to become the Labour Party candidate for the Mayoral Election in May. Instead Labour Party members selected ex-Eccles MP, Ian Stewart, who got almost double the votes of John Merry. 

"Salford needs a new approach" Stewart said "We need maximum stability and a sensitive approach to necessary change…"

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As the splits become apparent in Salford's ruling Labour Party, John Merry was today ousted in the three way vote to become the Party's candidate to run for Mayor in the May 3rd election. Instead, party members voted for ex-Eccles MP Ian Stewart

"I'm honoured to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for Mayor of Salford" he said this afternoon "I'd like to thank party members for taking part in the ballot and for their support. I came to live in Salford when I was 12 years of age and I have grown up, worked, married and raised my family here. I went from being a Salford shop steward to become the MP for Eccles for 13 years and have always worked in the interests of Salford people and their families.

"Salford is a great city, but there is still so much to do in these hard times" he added "I believe that the Labour Party is the best political party to act in the interests of Salford people and their families. The Tory-led government's cuts are going too far, too fast and are really hitting people here hard. Salford needs a new approach. We need maximum stability and a sensitive approach to necessary change. We need to keep the best of what we've got, understand what people want and need and then work in new ways to achieve this. I hope to work with the people and for the people of Salford in ensuring a more positive future for our city. Together we can change this city for the better."

Ian Stewart managed a first round victory in the candidate ballot, securing 259 votes to John Merry's 131 votes and Peter Wheeler's 89 votes.

Update: 5th March John Merry Tweets...

Last night John Merry sent the following messages on Twitter: "have no intention of stopping my work in salford on the council or for my party  thx for gd wishes but I think Ian will be a gd mayor for salford"

For previous Salford Star story on the Mayoral race – click here

Photo shows Ian Stewart at the anti-Peel Holdings Irlam protest against destruction of the green belt January 2010

debra o'sullivan wrote
at 09:00:01 on 06 April 2012
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Jaggers wrote
at 06:40:31 on 28 March 2012
Leicester City Council have just appoved a mayoral salary of £65,000 P.A.. So the same amount is more than enough for a dump like salford . Why waste another £35,000 P.A. on some slimey , self-serving slob ? By getting rid of spicer and merry , who are totally expendable , the combined savings can finally be put to some good use , keeping daycare centres open . Any takers for the mayor slob-job ?
 
Me wrote
at 16:39:17 on 16 March 2012
By replacing Mr Bungle with Mr Greedy , Labour are clearly worried . They should be . They have run this Deadcity into the gutter. But a con or lib mayor would be no better . This city needs a truly independent Mayor , who will slash the outrageous council tax ,urgently instigate a job-creation program,and have business acumen . Any takers ?
 
Mark Arms strong wrote
at 09:22:20 on 14 March 2012
I would put myself forward as and independent representative of the people of Salford. However as an independent I could not compete with the media juggernaut of Salford Labour. Between the undying love from the MEN group and the braindead students who provide a free leaflet distribution army for the labour party you cannot compete. The vote will not be about who is suited for the job but as always it will be down to tribal politics and hereditary voting. Impossible to beat them unless you own a newspaper and a leaflet distribution company
 
Harry Hardcastle wrote
at 16:34:37 on 13 March 2012
Whatever undeserving creature we elect to be mayor had better slash the council tax extortion , sack Spicer and Merry - with no cosy bungs ,stop tossing our money at big business ,stop the obscene waste of money by the council braindead-scheme goons ,initiate a plan for job creation . Basically stop this dump of a city being run like a third world banana republic . Not impressed by any of the usual suspects . Who's up for it ?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 06:57:53 on 08 March 2012
M.E.N. 16th Feb reported Salford Labour as having 700 voting members. Astonishing to see the actual vote had only 259 for Mr Stewart, This fact tells us that 441 Labour members in Salford did not want Mr Stewart. That is 63% against within his very own party. Labour is so out of touch with its members. But the real cancer in Labour was the reason I no longer had faith when I departed. It was its MPs expense scandal that I could not stomach, the tick tock of £400 a month on food from the public purse on top of an MP's pay tells the truth we must not ignore. The defining future for a better Salford begins now.
 
Zooty Zoot wrote
at 11:52:13 on 06 March 2012
So Ian '£400 a month for food ' Stewart throws his hat in the ring . Can't remember him doing anyhing to benefit his constituents when he was an MP , one with a healthy appetite . This city deserves change - real change to benefit the Residents . As Mary rightly says , we need a mayor with proven business acumen , free of any political party , and one who cares about the Citizens of Salford . One who will urgently instigate a 'jobs for Salford 'agenda , and one who will stop the rot , waste and squander up at the Swinetown Madhouse . Anybody out there ?
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 05:20:46 on 06 March 2012
Reading all these comments has he won the bloody election or been chosen to stand for the labour party. I just hope there is going to be someone who will stand who is not a member of any bloody party, who has a backbone,has a strong business background and will stop that lot up there at the civic getting away with giving, lending and spending our money as if there is no tomorrow. But i don't think that will happen in my life time. So come May they will carry on writing the cheques out for Peel, BBC,Urban vision Salford Reds,the lowry and we will keep picking up the bill. We will still see services to the most vunerable members of our community be cut back, jobs gone.We will pay more and get less. We will see the jobs for the boys and more middle managment speaking in a liverpool accent. So unless the people of this city who can vote go out and get rid of that lot we are still going to be on here year after year moaning about it and doing sod all about it.
 
You Talking To Me ? wrote
at 05:18:25 on 06 March 2012
Let the entertainment begin . Laugh at the politicianturds , as they bullshit and lie about how they will improve this Deadcity for us all . Chortle with mirth as the Gravy Train Riders backstab each other to the Mayoral Money Trough . Guffaw with glee at the pathetic antics of these self-serving , greedy parasites and their avarice for the £100,000 p.a Bonanza . But let us not forget , in our merriment , that all politicians are corrupt , venal scum .
 
David Henry wrote
at 20:44:33 on 05 March 2012
What will happen to Merry's role as Council Leader? p.s VOTE GREEN! :)
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 19:00:10 on 05 March 2012
Why are you all so happy about this? The problem is with Labour in Salford and that will not change because you are all intensely stupid and keep voting these idiots into power no matter what guise they are in! A VOTE FOR LABOUR IN SALFORD JUST SHOWS HOW BRAINDEAD YOU ARE! 35+ of labour rule in salford and they still havent got it right.
 
Chris H wrote
at 18:59:47 on 05 March 2012
Ian Stewart was one of the worst MPs to ever represent the people of Salford and we want him as Mayor??!!.
 
Anti-Politician wrote
at 18:57:59 on 05 March 2012
Dramatic change is needed in this depressed city . Will Stewart stop the rot , wastage and squander of OUR money ? Will Stewart stop the bungs of OUR money to Mediacity , Peel , and other multi-millionaire businesses ? Will Stewart initiate job creation , support for local small businesses, and a program to attract employers, who will employ local people, to this deadcity ? Or will it just be more of the spin ,bullshit, deceit , lies and treachery we have suffered for far too long ? We may be better off not listening to any more bullshit from the usual con/lib/lab traitors , and seriously consider a new direction , but only one whch benefits the shafted People of Salford .
 
Lee Craven MBE wrote
at 15:28:58 on 05 March 2012
COngratulations to Ian Stewart, Fully Deserved, Change is needed here in Salford ,
 
Nah nah nah wrote
at 15:28:51 on 05 March 2012
Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey GOODBYE! Unfortunately, the damage has been done by this lot and Merry will go and sit on a few boards for a few days a year and pick up big bucks $$$$$ for it.
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 13:49:40 on 05 March 2012
I sincerely hope that Mr Stewart is reading the Star today - Salford, not Daily of course - as he may get an idea of what he has to look forward to if he makes it to the big job. The first comment from Zooty Zoot gives a good idea of what we will expect. Standing on the frontline of a protest against the destruction of green belt land by Peel will not be enough to carry him through. If he wants to do any good for Salford he needs to do the opposite of Mr Merry and, in a nutshell, refuse to play 'the game'. The game I am referring to is the Catch 22 regeneration game, which goes something like: We need big investors in Salford so that we can regenerate the area, which is good for everyone. However, big investors (like Peel, for example) make no profit from council homes or council estates, so regeneration and inward investment means that Salford people are moved out. If Mr Stewart does deign to read this, will he continue to play the pseudo Labour game (i.e. behave more like a Tory and hop yet further into bed with big business) or will he push for real change? Will he continue to speak to the Star, as Mr Merry, at the very least, did - or will he pretend this voice of Salford people does not exist? In fact, will he see that the Star has fair access to funding for hard copy editions, even if he does not like what it says? A lot to cover there Ian. The world is still feeling massively let down by another politician who promised change and has done nothing at all. How will you behave - will you follow your head or your heart? Will you work for the people you represent, or for the owners of the Ship Canal. Answer on a postcard.
 
Council worker wrote
at 13:48:32 on 05 March 2012
So its taken a mayoral election for the labour group to eventually decide Merry wasnt up to the job - why so long> just look at his cataloque of disasters , like appointing Scarey Spicer on a ridiciulously high wage then letting her bring her mates the overpaid consultant Marsh and the lookalike chuckle brother Brady - all a waste of money. Merry has sold the city down the canal to Peel and Manchester the true Chief Ex is Sir Howard. Goodbye John take Scary Spicer with you!
 
Josper wrote
at 05:35:15 on 05 March 2012
Merry won't be on the scrapheap . He'll get a lucrative career move to Mediacity with Spicey , mops and buckets provided...
 
Peter Tully wrote
at 21:33:12 on 04 March 2012
About time Merry went he was in Peel holdings pocket.
 
Albert wrote
at 21:32:45 on 04 March 2012
I won't be voting (I'm not even registered to vote). But if I were to it would be ANYONE But Merry!
 
joe oneill wrote
at 20:45:43 on 04 March 2012
Where has the man been since he was thrown out by Labour For Blears? are we looking at one last pay cheque?Are we seeing such a massive split in the Labour ranks,what's left of their Policy?you throw out your leader it says every thing about how you have run the city,One Labour Councillor on twitter said John Carried to much baggage!perhaps she could explain,and i suppose we should ask what's left for John will he go the same way as Brown?
 
Zooty Zoot wrote
at 20:44:31 on 04 March 2012
A few questions for Stewart : Will he rid us of Spicey ? Will he rid us of Merry ? Will he stop the obscenity of bunging OUR money at Big Business ? Will he stop the rot in this rotton hell-city ? Will he instigate a program of job creation in this jobless hell-city ? Nothing short of this will be acceptable .
 
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