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Star date: 29th March 2012

DETAILS OF HOW TO STAND FOR SALFORD MAYOR

Nominations are now being accepted by Salford City Council for anyone who wants to stand for Mayor. Candidates have been given only until noon on April 4th to get all the papers in to the Council.

Is there a credible candidate for Salford who wishes to stand? Here's your big chance…

Full details here…


Nominations are now open for candidates to stand for Mayor of Salford with the election being held on 3rd May.

Anyone wanting to stand has only until noon on April 4th to get all the papers to Salford Council. If you fancy your chances here's the Salford Star guide…

1) You must be rich or have bucket loads of money behind you. It's a £500 deposit to stand, which you'll lose if you don't get 1/20th of the first preference votes. You'll also need another £500 if you want to be included in the candidates' booklet that gets delivered to all the houses in Salford. Plus there's the expense of your own leaflets and all the stuff that goes with campaigning.

2) You've got to be an almost proper Salford person - over 18, and a Salford resident, worker or landowner for at least 12 months. Given that Peel Holdings owns the whole of Salford this means Mr Peel can definitely stand. You can't be a candidate if you work for the Council – what if the Council works for Mr Peel?

3) You have to have thirty mates – which probably rules out Mr Peel. Thirty people registered as Salford electors must sign your nomination forms.

4) No donkeys. Political parties can have their emblems on the ballot paper but those not standing for political parties can't have any emblems, only the word `Independent'. Unfortunately, images of donkeys with rosettes are ruled out, which would be fitting for most of the candidates…

5) There is a limit for candidates' spending on trying to get elected. This is £2,362 plus 5.9p per registered elector which is around another £8,000. Anyone in Salford with over ten grand to spare shouldn't be elected on principle…look what happened to Hazel with her thirteen grand cheque to the tax before the last Election…

6) You have to come clean as to where all donations to your campaign are coming from, for anything over £50. Watch out for any candidate taking money or `help in kind' from Peel Holdings – see the local election a few years ago (click here)

Is there a credible candidate for this new post of elected Mayor of Salford? If not, stand yourself – provided you've got loads of money and thirty mates…

You've got less than a week to sort it out – good luck!

To see the official Salford Council Guide - click here

* See previous Salford Star DIY guide to being Mayor – click here

Stephen wrote
at 09:21:04 on 05 April 2012
Vote Paul Massey
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 18:07:49 on 04 April 2012
The list of confirmed candidates is now in - should be interesting, only two of them seem to be Pro Salford, the rest are just representing external or national Parties...
 
don draper wrote
at 07:53:54 on 01 April 2012
As long as the gutless and Insipid Stewart does not het in
 
Gareth L wrote
at 15:01:43 on 30 March 2012
I was sent a link to an article from the Guardian, it seems a super hero want to stand who has actually done good community work - Mr Stewart doesn't like it! The Guardian didn't even speak to any other of the candidates I like how they are balanced. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/mar/26/salford-mayoral-elections
 
italian in slfrd wrote
at 11:46:16 on 30 March 2012
"Labour [has] to realise it can not take northern, urban communities for granted any more" http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/30/bradford-west-byelection-labour-harman It is not impossible!
 
Puppet Master wrote
at 11:46:07 on 30 March 2012
What politico-turd we deam worthy of the Mayoral Money Trough had better sort Salford Clowncil out . This mob of inept goons have plundered this rotton city , and dance while Big Business fiddles. We demand a big reduction in Council Tax Extortion,which is scandalously high , with a very poor return . City of Westminster council tax is much less , and ours should be no more than this .Sack Spicer, Merry and most of the council to acheive this - they won't be missed . Non-jobbers never are.
 
winston1984@ntlworld.com wrote
at 11:46:01 on 30 March 2012
It's a bit radical, but how about this: The reason why those in power hate the internet is that it is a great equalizer. Why not use it for an alternate mayoral election? If our internet mayor gets more votes than the new (presumably Labour/Peel/Tesco) puppet mayor, he/she would actually have more *ethical* legitimacy than the puppet. You may ask what's the point? Well - our internet elected mayor would be a formal and prominent reminder to the puppet (and friends) of what the people *actually* want and, much more importantly, would be high enough profile to represent the people, properly, in the media.
 
Lisa Peach-Hill wrote
at 04:29:11 on 30 March 2012
As an ex-salfordian in the process of moving back to salford after nearly 10 years away living rurally I find this article and the few comments quite alarming. A sunless beirut? surely not. Salford has always been a bit rough and always will be. When I lived in salford last there was gun crime, knife crime, racial attacks, ram raids and so on. Has it really changed so badly? Politics have never been fair and never will be. Everyone has a vested interest in something and the further up the ladder you are in life the bigger that interest gets, morals go out the window where financial gain is concerned - its been like that throughout history. Nothing will ever change here. The rich will always get richer and the poor even poorer. To survive such social and economic oppression there are only three options - 1. put up a fight and dedicate yourself to stopping inequality and mistreatment of the disadvantaged - this will take up all your time and probably yield no result and you will end up ill. 2. Move out of the area, possibly to somewhere rural to avoid the developers - have a nicer environment. 3. Adapt to the change that is presenting itself, accept it, even if begrudgingly and move on. The one thing I do find disgusting is the fact a non salfordian can become mayor. How can anyone be expected to serve a community if they know very little about it? Same old story repeated right through history - if you kiss the right arses you get on in life. Pucker up guys.
 
caroline wrote
at 04:27:36 on 30 March 2012
Even if you are fortunate to have the money you have to be on the voting register 2 nomination papers avilable shortly....? oops does not leave time to do..last date sent it 4th..go on to,,, gualifrations and disqualifcation..oops says not found.. they already have there own people set up.odd one green party..may have got throw this rubbish...seems they are all,,jacke the lads.. .
 
C. Romwell wrote
at 21:00:51 on 29 March 2012
Enjoy the farce as the usual career politician -turds , entrenched in Big Business Pockets , sleaze about this Dead City promising a New Dawn of Hope , promise to ' listen to the Electorate ' as they all ' share our concerns ' about the disgraceful state of this Hell-city . BULLSHIT . All Salfordians owe it to themselves to ignore the lies , deceptions and treachery of the CON , LIB , LAB traitors . All Salfordians should only consider the alternative candidates , and only ones we can trust to truly represent the interests of Salford People , at long last . We have all surely had enough of the usual politician-turds who have reduced this Dead city to an Economically Bankrupt Sunless Beirut .
 
italian in costa del salford wrote
at 21:00:27 on 29 March 2012
Well, he/she needn't be a politician. And she need not win to show that: demolition of listed buildings IS an issue, people being kicked out of their homes IS an issue, public money being taken off services to get into saudi pockets IS an issue, and these issues will cost labour at least some votes. I think that somebody bringing these issues in the electoral arena would do a good service to the city.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 18:58:50 on 29 March 2012
As Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results". Salford automatically votes labour every bloody time, whether it's for Councillor, MP or MEP. You could stick a Labour rosette on a monkey and it would get voted in for something. What makes anyone think that an election for a mayor will produce a result other than Labour?!? If it was possible for Salford to generate a politician capable of representing the people of Salford, it would have happened by now. Save your £500, save your breath, save your hopes, we're going to have a Labour mayor. And that Labour mayor will have as much concern for Salford heritage or people as the rest of the council - none.
 
an italian in costa del salford wrote
at 13:07:26 on 29 March 2012
Would it be utterly nonsense thinking of putting forward a mayoral candidacy expressed by the community? Somebody known and respected locally who would stand firmly and clearly in opposition to the demolition of the city's heritage, the handing of public money to private profit and the dismissal of public services. It might not win, but would serve to put these issues on the table, get them known in the mainstream, scare the incumbents...
 
Ian - OB - Obrien wrote
at 13:07:12 on 29 March 2012
"....a Salford resident, worker or landowner for at least 12 months...." WHAT!!?!? Is this correct? If a Salfordian has the misfortune to find him or herself unemployed, perhaps because those already in power have helped mis-manage the local economy; say, by giving hundreds of millions in tax revenue to private investors which then refuse to recruit locally, for example - then they cannot stand for mayor? That seems a little bit, well, Victorian to me. Can you even vote in Salford, or do you have to own an acre or arable land and a sturdy mare? Wtf!?!? Okay. I rarely find anything to laugh about here, those who read my comments will know this. But ffs!! Can the Salford Star begin a campaign to allow ANYBODY, regardless of social standing or income, the right to stand for mayor - within reason? Why the hell should you have to find £500 for the honour? Or another £500 just to be listed? I think this, clearly medieval criteria, should be over-hauled. What about people like me who were born and raised in Salford, along with several generations of my family, but who now cannot afford to live there as the current council have done all they can to price us out? What if I want to run but I live in Rossendale, don't work and don't have £500 quid? I care more for Salford - for my family and friends who live there - then some old fart from Boothstown or Worsley. I say vote me. Put on your voting slips - OB. I have only one promise - I WILL NOT BULLSHIT YOU!! lol Tell you what, one not up to much promise which goes unbroken has got to be worth a million great ones which are :)
 
James Royle wrote
at 13:06:14 on 29 March 2012
As long as the Mayoral Money Trough is NOT looted by any CON/LIB/LAB traitors there may be a slight chance . Who's out there who wants to represent the shafted , shat-on , betrayed People of Salford ? Who's out there who will deliver us all from Spicer , Merry and the Incompetent Gang ?
 
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