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SALFORD AND MANCHESTER MAY DAY RALLY
 

Star date: May 3rd 2013 

BEXLEY SQUARE MAY DAY RALLY AGAINST BEDROOM TAX AND NHS CUTS

May Day Rally and March
Saturday May 4th 10am -11:15am
Bexley Square followed by march to Manchester

This year's Salford and Manchester May Day Rally has three themes which trade union organisers are hoping will bring out the crowds. The themes are Save Our NHS! Defend All Jobs and Public Services! Axe The Bedroom Tax, Scrap Welfare Reforms! Surely everyone in Salford can agree with one of those? 

Full details here…


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Last year, newly installed Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, got his first ear bashing at the Salford May Day Rally in Bexley Square

"Every time you make a decision into your mind should come morality, should come justice, should come ordinary people" Alice Searle from Salford Pensioners Association told Stewart

"Do not be conned by academies, do not be conned by the money, forget that, money doesn't give you what we need" she added "We need security for the people of Salford. If you don't do your job Mr Stewart I'll be the first person knocking at your door…" (see full article here)

And since then, Alice has done rather a lot of knocking on Salford Council's door, with cuts and more cuts and more cuts.

At the rally, in his first public speech following his election, Ian Stewart responded "We must make sure we keep our collective voice strong, how else are the people of Salford and this country who have no voice going to be represented? Who gives a voice to the people in our city? We in the labour movement first and foremost have a responsibility to do that…"

A few months later Stewart was referring to those who spoke out against Salford Council cuts, as "extremists". We wonder what the Mayor will say at this year's rally? If he turns up.

This year Salford's May Day Rally has three themes… `Save Our NHS! Defend All Jobs and Public Services! Axe The Bedroom Tax, Scrap Welfare Reforms!'

The Rally, as always, is at Bexley Square, scene of the infamous 1931 Battle of Bexley Square outside the old Salford Town Hall, when police attacked protesters calling for things like `No cuts to unemployment benefits'. Oh how times change!

The rallies have been called by the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils (GMATUC), and its President, Stephen Hall, is urging everyone who is concerned with cuts to hospitals and A&Es, and the privatisation of the NHS to support the day.

"We are additionally calling on those opposed to the so-called Bedroom Tax and recent welfare reforms to join with us on our May Day march, since all these things are ultimately merely an expression of one and the same thing" he explains "What that is, and what the Government are doing is simply trying to make us ordinary folk, one way or another, pay for the huge £1.25 trillion debt and continuing Government spending deficit which has arisen as a result of the recessionary impact of the 2008 banking crisis and the massive cost of bailing out the likes of RBS, HBOS and other banks.

"Our response to that is equally as simple" he adds "We think the banks and the tiny minority who most benefit from the system should be the ones who should be footing the bill, rather than almost everyone else but them. The idea put about by the Prime Minister that 'We're all in it together' is really nothing other than a cynical joke."

May Day Rally and March
Saturday May 4th 10am -11:15am
Bexley Square, Chapel Street, Salford

March sets off at 11:15am for a rally at Friends' Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.

Michael Felse wrote
at 9:03:47 AM on Sunday, May 12, 2013
To enlighten @VConfused. While I have no hate for the English Democrats, in fact those I met were the salt of society in their passion for the a better country, the ED Party is not the best fit for my Rock the Boat blood line at this time. I wish them well and thank all that support any vision of a better country.
 
Very confused voter wrote
at 7:03:37 AM on Sunday, May 12, 2013
Back in the English democrat camp are you Mr Felse? I had more respect for you when you were an ED, at least then you did not kiss the mayors arse as you have been on here recently.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 2:20:33 AM on Sunday, May 12, 2013
@Sheeple. thank you for letting the right of reply allowed me to mention it is my "intelligence" that won me one of the rare Honorary Memberships of the UK's largest vocational qualification organisation. As for who can be put forward at the said election, Salford Council Legal Office can confirm that any 10 of the 10,326 electors in the Ward can legally nominate any eligible person from in Salford City boundary to seek to be representative Councillor in the election. It follows in legal terms that as an expelled from the Labour Party individual I am the only person in all Salford that can guarantee they will not be standing under the Labour Party name. In fact it goes to rubbish their Party Leader call for One Nation since they expel an individual that Rocks the Boat.
 
Don't be a Sheeple wrote
at 4:50:14 PM on Friday, May 10, 2013
Michael Felse, loving it how you left your name blank but can I just point out to you, "bi" means twice, two, bi-sexual. "Bye" is used as in goodbye like I wish you would say and bugger off back to Doncaster, "by" means too by-pass something or maybe a certain date as in this is not a usual date for a local authority election. Just Google those words for confirmation if you want, I really don't wish to pull hairs over this but I do think those that want to represent us should at least have a shred of intelligence. As for who are the candidates as I am sure you are well aware this is not formally declared until x number of days before the election, however you can clear one thing up for us all now. Are you going to stand? And if so are you standing for the Labour party. Oh and do you support the Labour party candidate if you are not standing (pretending you lived in Weaste, instead of a posh apartment in the quays).
 
wrote
at 10:46:17 AM on Friday, May 10, 2013
Correction:- bye, bi or even by-election? all each and all correct. Best way to describe is as they do in the USA = a special election! Who are candidates and why is a more important question to ask. http://uk.ask.com/question/what-is-a-bi-election
 
wrote
at 3:48:17 AM on Friday, May 10, 2013
Yes, this bi-election is the first time the public have had the chance to tell Mr Mayor Stewart what they think of his record in office.
 
Don't be a Sheeple wrote
at 3:48:14 AM on Friday, May 10, 2013
Michael, it's not a "bi-election" it's not going to swing both ways it's a "by-election" that will be won by Labour because the voters in Salford are too lazy to come out of their houses and vote the bastards out. I say to the people of Weaste & Seedley vote for anyone apart from the Labour candidate, we need change in Salford, we need people who are willing to represent the voters and not just tow the party line and go on about national issues. Just wait for the Labour party leaflets dropping through the letter box, plastered all over them will be snippets about the economy, tax, banks, privatisation, bedroom tax, etc. The bits about privatisation will be the biggest laugh, Labour oppose it but in Salford they are "out-sourcing" everything, Bedroom tax? well Salford cllrs don't seem to give a fook about that, and the economy, tax, and banks well what has any of that got to do with the council? It's just vote grabbing. So Mr Felse do you agree that people should vote for anyone barring the Labour candidate in the intrest of a better more democratic and accountable Salford? Or do you think they should vote for a sheep like you? Bahhh
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 3:08:52 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2013
I have to agree with most of what @BrainDead writes in that last post. Good news is Weaste with Seedley bi-election has been called, giving the good people of Salford chance again to only see the Councillors at election time. Sort of adds weight to the @BrainD comment.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 10:36:58 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Michael false, for labour to explain more, means to have to come clean about the shady dealing that go on inside this council and their not going to admit to them are they now, and as for doing good things if this was true they be shouting these from the roof tops wouldn't they, but as you and I know and others, they don't do nothing if it doesn't benefit them, and for them to benefit, that means screwing us the tax payer. as for the mayoral position people slate it, but it's more democratic than before, remember john merry Salford answer to the north Korean dictator did what ever he wanted in Salford, some might say what's changed, (remember the people who lost their homes because of this cretin) difference is every 5 year we the public get the chance to change that person, with merry you didn't. it's just the lazy arsed Salford people couldn't be bothered getting out of their comfy chairs to vote, and to make the change for the better. the electorate get the politicians they deserve and in our bone-idleness at election time, we got the self serving scum we've got now, and deserve.
 
An Idea.... wrote
at 2:11:01 PM on Monday, May 6, 2013
There is a way of making Councillors sit up and listen to local residents concerns...It almost worked in Deposing a Westminster MP - If 20 politically able men and women could stand on a independent community ticket (and No i'm Not talking of the party who got us in this Mayoral mess), Councillors would have to justify their position - Seem to remember Cllr Jones was deposed when the community all spoke with one voice - You couldn't remove the labour machine - but even the smallest dent to their number would make them sit up and listen.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 7:58:51 AM on Monday, May 6, 2013
Bob, the problem is that Labour needs to explain more. I am sure they are doing a lot of good things at a time when they are finding it hard to fit part time Councillor work into their busy personal week. I want us to move us to full time local Councillors and to take bigger steps to help local people. The £1million bedroom tax hardship support fund (as in Doncaster) would be one idea to clone into Salford. We need to oppose evictions, create jobs, stop the council redundancies, protect our vulnerable local people and build affordable housing. And open up our council meetings by letting local voices come and have their say. It's not rocket science to be honest. see... http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/doncaster-council-agrees-to-1-million-bedroom-tax-hardship-fund-1-5622896
 
bob wrote
at 5:26:48 AM on Sunday, May 5, 2013
I hope that the people of weaste wake up and make sure another labour cronie does not get in. My advice is don't vote labour at all costs unless the cabbage is the candidate then maybe. This labour council is wasting millions each year, don't care about the people of salford and want to kill any kind of democracy or crush anyone standing up to them.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 6:17:34 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013
When Mr Stewart made his comment all that he did was to show how much of a Conservative he had become. Your Labour movement Mr Stewart has made a huge move to the right and you sir are part of that problem.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 6:17:15 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013
May Day Rally always means to me Workers' Action Day. As my part I have today informed the Salford Council legal department that I am triggering the process to elected a Councillor in the vacant seat of Weaste and Seedley. I look forward to this one being a time when we can get across the message on workers' rights, NO redundancies and that Salford will not stand for evictions following a decision to bring in bedroom tax. I urge Mayor Stewart to take the lead by ending redundancies and to ban evictions. We must ensure the message gets to the heart of our Councillors if they are going to hear how angry local people are now feeling.
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 12:58:20 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013
Extremists privatisation in Salford ...Council housing...Nhs Patient transport...Social Services ... etc etc Extreme ideas Congestion charging,Waste bins with data transponder ,Leigh Bus express way, CCTV loudhailer masts,destruction of Eccles town centre,fobbing off genuine concerns of electorate , whopping Spice Salary greater than Prime Minister, Spin Doctor , Innercabinet, Multiple Mayors,Expenses disgrace MP given a vote of confidence keeps job , years of fast food parlor approvals pays dividends with Salfords health Thanks for all the extreme Council politics
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 12:57:05 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013
If i remember Irlam Councillor Jones had some extremist idea's so we can safely say there everywere including government ,local councils
 
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