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Star date: 10th January 2015

SALFORD JOINS GREATER MANCHESTER CALL FOR DEVOLUTION REFERENDUM

All over Greater Manchester today campaigners were out on the streets asking people to sign petitions calling for a referendum on George Osborne's devolution deal which includes the imposition of an elected Mayor.

On Salford Precinct, referendum campaigners told the Salford Star that 70% of people were signing the petitions.

Full details here...


Greater Manchester Calls For Devolution Referendum
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Today has been titled Greater Manchester Petition Day urging people to `have a voice on the future of Greater Manchester'.

Back in November, Tory Chancellor George Osborne signed a deal with the leaders of the ten Greater Manchester councils, including Salford, to devolve some power to the region which included the imposition of an elected Mayor. No citizens were consulted on the deal and organisations ranging from Greater Manchester Trades Council, to the Green Party, the Reality Party and TUSC, called for a referendum.

"The Green Party is in favour of devolution when done correctly" said Deyika Nzeribe Chair of Manchester Green Party "It has to be discussed and accepted at a local level. The Green Party therefore calls for a consultation of the people of Greater Manchester, followed by a referendum, to decide whether we want devolution and if so, what form it should take. This is the biggest governance change in Manchester in a generation - people have a right to decide this for themselves. We will work with others to make this happen."

This morning, referendum campaigners were out on Salford Precinct getting people to sign petitions and the response, they said, was overwhelming...

"Seven out of ten people I've asked have signed this petition so that shows what the feeling is out there" explained Eric Thorpe "The accountability of any elected Mayor is to other leaders, there's no other people involved.

"When you look back at what happened in Scotland, as soon as it looked like the vote was going `Yes' something happened which I've never seen happen before, where all three main parties dropped everything and scurried over to Scotland" he added "We're not even getting a vote."

Others had issues with the deal itself, citing the inclusion of privatisation and cuts as part of the agreement, and the loss of the Greater Manchester Police Commissioner whose role would be subsumed into the Mayor's job, meaning even less accountability for Greater Manchester Police.

The call for a referendum on `Devo Manc' went out right across the region, with a petition launch at Albert Square in Manchester at lunchtime... "The people of Greater Manchester must have a referendum on Devo Manc, an agreement of a small group of politicians to stitch us up with a Mayor, despite the people of Manchester voting against having a Mayor in 2012" stated campaign flyers.

To sign the online petition – click here


For further details see related Salford Star articles...

• Greater Manchester Devolution Democracy Deficit – click here
• Devolution and the Greater Manchester Fat Cats – click here

Photo by Steven Speed

Salford Lad wrote
at 5:08:17 AM on Monday, January 12, 2015
How embarrassing was the picture of Stewart and Lloyd and Leese and crew drooling over Gideon holding a piece of paper that shows the Tories and NuLabour all in it together ?! People are buzzin about the campaign for a Referendum and Greater Democracy, all my mates are talkin about politics these days and are over sharing pictures of their dinner on facebook, and watching Made In Chelsea ! We are Made In Salford - Let's Ave It
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 10:49:43 AM on Sunday, January 11, 2015
Having stood in The Mayor of Salford election it gave me deep insight into the role. It also brought gave me to understand what a waste of money it is to put an extra tier into the council. This role should be done free and any saving put into helping our needy.
 
Salford Onion wrote
at 5:47:08 AM on Sunday, January 11, 2015
Why are our Labour Councillors allowing a Tory non George Osborne to thrust a county wide mayor upon us? We have already been caned in Salford by having a City Mayor who is a joke and a disaster . His sole achievement has been back handing some cash to Salford Reds and succeeding the whitewash. I would urge everyone to sign this petition and have a referendum as to whether to have a Mayor or not.
 
wendy olsen wrote
at 1:52:24 AM on Sunday, January 11, 2015
I favour not having a mayor at all. It is a wasteful layer of bureaucracy. I am so worried by Salford being submerged into Manchester by the central Government. The current councillors need us to hold a referendum AND VOTE IT DOWN for them. Then they can get on with things.
 
will latham wrote
at 1:45:59 PM on Saturday, January 10, 2015
Draw a line from Liverpool through Manchester and onto Leeds and you have the Boomerang shaped zone envisaged by the government to encompass the New Eldorado which Osborne says will be based upon the treasures under our feet -of Shale Gas Deposits.Resist !
 
Jimmy Potts wrote
at 1:20:12 PM on Saturday, January 10, 2015
This "devoted" and regional Mayor will sound the beginning of the end for Salford's independence/autonomy, therefore the people of the City of Salford should be afforded the right to decide whether they want to go down this route, I personally doubt it.
 
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