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HAZEL MUST GO! SALFORD MEETING
 

LOADS TURN UP TO VENT ANGER OVER HAZEL

Last night over fifty people turned up at Pendleton Bowling Club in Salford to support the Hazel Must Go! campaign. And it was decided that the campaign really starts now…


Hazel Must Go! Hazel Must Go! Hazel Must Go!
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 "I'd rather put my poodle up for election than Hazel Blears" declared Victor to much applause "The only thing she's very good at is the Save Hazel Campaign…"

This set the tone of the evening as people from all over Salford aired their own grievances about the MP who won't stand down. Rita, a nursery worker, said that so many people don't know their rights – "I'm here to stand up for them"…

There were people from Langworthy who received almost nothing for their houses, complaining about Hazel's grand plan for the area - bring in Urban Splash and hand them over £20million to re-do the properties at an unaffordable sale price.

There was David Henry from Salford Youth Council, complaining that the authorities were trying to shut them down as being `undemocratic'…There was Gary Duke, recently sacked from Salford University, who has helped to expose extravagant expenses of the University bosses. 

There was Steve North from the Save Our Post Offices campaign which, he said, had Hazel's backing before she went back to Parliament and did nothing. There were people talking about Hazel's hypocrisy over the Hope Hospital Maternity ward closure…There were people who had never received replies to letters sent to Hazel. There were people who had their letters to Hazel passed on to the very people they were complaining about. There were people from Wythenshawe and Wigan sharing experience from similar campaigns against their MPs…

But, most poignant, was the poem about Hazel read out by Leigh Edmenson, in memory of her cousin, Neil Hill…

We've lost faith, you can't be trusted,
Discovered secrets, they're out, you're busted,
You betrayed your people, your council's tenants,
To lose your seat must be your penance,
Come on, face your fears Blunder Blears!

Everyone at the meeting agreed that this was just the start…the petitions, the posters, the campaign was well and truly launched. Watch this space.

Photos by Steven Speed

Leigh Edmenson wrote
at 05:43:50 on 21 August 2009
Thank you guys. I have noticed that the latest news reports since the inquest in Bolton, Weds 19th Aug, have been, let's say, economical with the truth. Neil took the case to court not just for himself, but for all the tenants affected. & I believe he was served with a bill for £3,000 it was not his imagination that he might be served with it. Anyway, we should let him rest in peace now, he tried & that's the main thing. Leigh Edmenson. (ms)
 
David Henry wrote
at 22:27:57 on 17 July 2009
Very positive article, thanks for posting it up. Hopefully the success of last night's meeting will enable the campaign against Blears and the system which is failing people not just in Salford but nationwide, to grow and win. The poem read out by Neil Hill's cousin was very moving and fitting. The Manchester Evening News has also reported the meeting on Page 6 tonight - that is rather good going for a Friday.
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 13:14:37 on 17 July 2009
It was a good meeting. There were many good speakers. I was particularly impressed with what Gary Duke had to say, and also the woman [unfortunately I didn't catch her name] who spoke of how she was cheated out of her Langworthy home by means of a compulsory purchase order.
 
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