Star date: 5th May 2015


`We've got a lunatic Mayor in charge that we can't get rid of, and you're seen as his candidate?...Is that a problem?'

Barring a miracle on Thursday, Rebecca Long Bailey will become the next Labour MP for Salford and Eccles. But is she worthy of representing the city? Here we grill the Cheshire-based candidate on attitudes, policies and Salford's toxic Labour Party.

What Labour policies stink? What does she think of Hazel's expenses? How does she feel about Labour Council cuts? And how is she going to cope with the pompous Mayor? Here we present Rebecca Long Bailey, un-edited...

Full interview here...

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We didn't want to interview Rebecca Long Bailey about the Labour Party's national policies. People can watch the national news for that hype. Instead we wanted to ask how she would fit into a local political scene that has seen constant protests against a Labour Council imposing cuts...How she feels about entering a one party state that doesn't hold itself up for account...And why she's telling people to `Vote For Me'...

Unless a miracle happens on Thursday, Rebecca Long Bailey will be the next Labour Party MP for Salford and Eccles, and is set to be there for a very long time. Is she going to end up like the rest of them – distant, dumb and disinterested?

We meet in the cafe at the Langworthy Cornerstone, once a power base for Hazel Blears. Since the expenses scandal, the now former MP hasn't shown her face here much, such is the extent of her downfall. Rebecca Long Bailey breezes in, alone, saying this is her first real interview. She appears modest, idealistic and genuine. But then, didn't they all until a few years at Westminster knocked them out of shape...

Here we present the un-edited answers of the Salford and Eccles MP candidate as she meets the Salford Star's Stephen Kingston and Steven Speed. The script is very long but we hope it gives the community an insight into the thoughts, motivation and machinations of Labour's political queen-in-waiting...

Salford Star (SS): So, why Salford?
Rebecca Long Bailey (RBL): I'm originally from Old Trafford, on the border, so I had a lot of connection with it growing up. My dad worked for Shell unloading oil from the tankers so I spent quite a lot of time there. And in my job, I worked as health care solicitor for years and I did a lot of work with Salford PCT, so I had an affinity with the area and found out a lot of what was going on at a local level.

The reason why I decided to stand, apart from losing my marbles, was I kind of always wanted...well, you know the history...I tried to become a candidate in the constituency where I currently live, Weaver Vale. It was a last minute decision because I'd only just had a son. I was involved in the Party locally and someone said `Why don't you throw your hat in the ring for this', and I said `I'm not being an MP have you gone mad?'. And they said `Have a go and see how you get on'; so I did it and didn't put that much effort into it because I didn't feel that I wanted to become one of these people who were in Westminster who I felt out of touch with.

I did it, got to the end and started to get more and more passionate and angry, and realised that if I actually managed to do this I could do some real change and create some real momentum in the area and across the North West. I didn't win that selection and was emotionally drained, and thought `I really want to do this now'.

SS: Why?
RLB: Why? Because I'm so angry...

SS: About what?
RLB: About everything. With being a health care solicitor in 2010, they started to restructure the NHS and I knew where it was going. And there wasn't anybody in any of the parties speaking up and saying that we were heading towards privatisation on a large scale. That's what got me really active. I was political before but I didn't want to become a member of the Labour Party or anything like that. I was happy to be a trade unionist on the fringes. But then I had this light-switching-on-moment when I thought `Right that's it now; no-one's doing anything' and my mum said `If you see something  and want to change it, there's no point kicking it from the outside in, you've got to kick it from the inside out'. That's why I did it.

SS: Salford's littered with people who said that...
RLB: ...So I started off campaigning for the NHS specifically, and then got involved in other issues in the Labour Party, then got to the point that there are some good politicians out there but there are some not very good politicians, and I didn't think there were that many people in our Party with a passion and the anger to really do things for the people. So I thought we needed more spokespeople and people with the right morals and the right agenda.

SS: And is that you?
RLB: I hope so yeah. I think so, that's why I'm standing.

SS: The Labour Party is littered from locally to nationally with careerists who are in it for the money and power. I've interviewed loads of politicians and the only one who ever spoke the truth was, unfortunately, Cyril Smith, who said `I'm in it because I like the sound of my own voice'. And there's also the old punk missive – anyone who says `Vote for me', put a [metaphorical] bullet through their head...
RLB: It's not just an issue in the Labour Party, it's across all the political parties. There are people who get involved in politics not for the right reasons, or they might get involved for the right reasons and then people say they are corrupted and they change...

SS: [cough]...Hazel...
RLB: [blinks] We need more people in the North West and nationally...

SS: So what drew you to the Labour Party? You said you didn't see anyone in it doing anything...
RLB: I had a turbulent relationship with the Labour Party, particularly in the 90s with the Blair Government, there was quite a lot I didn't agree with and that's probably what put me off joining for a long time. I was one of the first years to have to pay tuition fees which I didn't agree with; obviously I didn't agree with going to war with Iraq...

It was a difficult decision but the Labour Party was created on the basis of solidarity by the trade union movement and I appreciate its a broad church and we have people with different views in the Party from the left to the right. I felt it might have been going in one direction specifically and it needed to be balanced out, and I thought the only real chance I had to make some political change is by getting involved in the Party, to try to shape it and push it in the direction that I wanted it to go.

I thought I couldn't do it on my own, we were going to need more people to do it, and there are. We've got some fantastic candidates coming through and fantastic people in the Party already, and we need to make sure that grass roots activists are more active and that they are out there campaigning on specific issues publicly and helping members of the community to campaign on specific issues.

SS: Have you found people in the local Labour Party like that? Anyone? Have you found any local councillors with any passion?
RLB: Oh God yeah...

SS: Can you name some?
RLB: I won't name specific people but there are people locally that have been out and about campaigning on specific issues, like the birth centre, the midwife led unit...

SS: What you find in Salford is that they'll campaign on a few specific issues like the birth centre, the post offices and NHS, and that's it. We talk to a lot of people and the perception out there is that the Labour Party has lost touch and isn't for the local people any more...
RLB: Mmmm...There are people who go out and campaign. What I would say is that in certain areas people do need to become more organised because they've got the right idea and the right agenda but they're not co-ordinating a community campaign on certain things.

SS: They can't because most of the community campaigns are against them! They're imposing the cuts...
RLB: In terms of cuts, yeah...

SS: ...In terms of knocking people's houses down a few years ago...most of the stuff we come across is against things that the Labour Council is doing...cutting transport for disabled people...
RLB: I've discussed quite a lot of these issues with the local councillors because I think you probably know where I'm coming from politically...and they're not things that I...

SS: No we don't know where you're coming from politically...
RLB: Well they're not things I agree with. But I do appreciate that the councillors have been put in a very difficult situation in terms of having to do the best they can with the budget they've got. And we can argue 'til the cows come home about what they could have done better but the bigger issue is the fact that Salford doesn't have enough money, and that's where I would come in as a politician if I was lucky enough to be elected; to push money into Salford and make sure we don't have authorities down south getting more per head while Salford has to make cuts of two thirds.

SS: We think everyone in Salford understands that, except people in Worsley maybe...Everyone hates the Tories, and, hopefully UKIP, but the problem we have is that Salford Labour been pushing money to pet projects. For instance we recently ran a story on the Council spending £200,000 on managing fountains while cutting disability transport...Go and tell the person who has been up all night and should be getting respite, rather than having to get their disabled sons and daughters to day centres because their transport has been cut. Go and tell them that and it doesn't wash...
RLB: If I saw the Council doing something and acting in a irresponsible manner, pushing funds in the direction they shouldn't be, it would be my job to act for the people of Salford and Eccles first and not for the...

SS: Would you do that?
RLB: Yeah

SS: How?
RLB: I want to have a good relationship with the Council because I think we will achieve more on joint projects but if there's an issue that I can see clearly that it's not in the interests of the people, and it could have been dealt with in a better way, then of course I would have to come down on the side of the people of Salford and Eccles.

SS: The problem you've got is that Mayor Ian Stewart backed you; you're seen as his candidate, yet Stewart is seen as the worst thing that's happened to Salford politically in a very long time. How are you going to change that?
RLB: If I felt there was an issue, for instance, people's health was at risk or cuts to services that didn't need to be made and they were funnelling funds into other areas I would have to stand up for the people of Salford and Eccles because they are my employer at the end of the day.

SS: Salford is a one party Labour state. Is that healthy?
RLB: I think it's healthy that so many parties are standing in Salford and Eccles. Obviously I want everyone to vote Labour but quite a lot of the parties that are standing are of the same left leaning perspective, and it shows that people are starting to wake up and think politically. What I would love is for these parties, if not elected, not to disappear into the sunset but work collaboratively with the trade union movement in Salford and myself to work up that momentum because we need to politicise people. We've got people who have fallen off the register in Salford and Eccles, and at the last election only 30% of people voted. If that 70% came out imagine the change we could make? So we've got to keep going with this.

SS: Is it healthy that Labour runs a one party state, in terms of the Council particularly?
RLB: It's up to us to make sure that people are politicised. That starts in schools and I think it's the job of councillors and MPs to go into schools and show how it works. Most people don't know what the difference between a councillor and an MP is. Even councillors and MPs don't know the difference!...I think the first step is getting people out voting so we can have a more representative democracy. It isn't representative locally or nationally because people aren't going out to vote.

SS: Our problem is that there's no accountability. A few months after Ian Stewart was first elected Mayor he turned up at a Community Committee meeting going on about `extremists' and `liars'. We thought `Who could he be talking about?' Then he repeated it at a full Council meeting a few weeks later and it twigged that he was probably talking about the trade union reps and us! The Council hasn't answered any of our questions for almost two years. There is no accountability. We've just spent weeks trying to work out what's going on in Chapel Street with all the £millions of public money. They won't talk to us...not the Council, not English Cities fund, no-one. There is no accountability in this city....
RLB: [silence]

SS: So what are your views on that?
RLB: It's up to councillors and politicians to be accountable...

SS: But they're not...
RLB: And to liaise with the press...
SS: But they're not...And they're your party...
RLB: I can't rule it with an iron fist, much as I'd love to...

SS: But we've got a lunatic Mayor in charge that we can't get rid of, and you're seen as his candidate...
RLB: Right...
SS: Is that a problem?
RLB: Well that's the press reporting on certain things. I know Ian Stewart because we were in the same union together, so I know him personally. But in terms of being influenced, as I mentioned before, Ian Stewart wouldn't be my employer if I was elected as an MP. It's the people of Salford and Eccles. And I have my own principles and morals, and I would make moral judgements on certain issues. If it meant going to face the Council, a councillor or the Mayor that's what I would have to do.

SS: Let us tell you something. Stewart stood on the picket line against Peel Holdings in the last months of his MP-dom and asked how he could help us get funding. Now he's got power again he won't even speak to us, that's how power changes people. Barbara Keeley used to talk to us until we questioned her expenses, and Hazel Blears the same and she made it very personal. How can we hold Salford to account and its massive regeneration projects when no-one will speak to us or answer questions?
RLB: Yeah I think it's sad that people aren't taking to you because, irrespective of the kind of coverage these people are going to get, at the end of the day it's important for local politicians to be held to account whether it's good publicity or bad publicity. If it's off the scale and it's mad then fair enough but I've read what you've got and I don't think it's like that...From a personal and moral perspective in dealing with the press it's just to make sure that it's fair. If you are going to run something that's negative then at least give me the chance to put a comment in...

SS: Are you going to live in Salford if elected?
RLB: I've got to sell my own house but I've talking to my husband and we'll probably rent somewhere temporarily if I'm elected. I've not put it on any leaflets because I don't want people to think `She's electioneering' but I think it's important that MPs should live in the constituency...

SS: You'll be the only one...
RLB: I'm not saying that there aren't good MPs that don't live in the constituency but for me personally, I want to feel part of the community and I want my son to grow up here.

SS: We haven't seen Hazel out supporting you much...
RLB: She's been out and about and she's tidying out her office...
SS: Too busy getting her feet under the Co-op Bank boardroom table and being a friend of the Bahrain Government?
RLB: She has been out and about yeah...

SS: We attended a hustings event where Graham Stringer said he was against the Party's politics on Trident, Middle East wars and he wanted a referendum on the EU. Can you tell us three policies that you disagree with?
RLB: TTIP [Tansatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] in our manifesto could be a lot clearer. We've said we're happy with the principle of a trade agreement but not happy with its current form. And I think we need to be a bit more decisive and say `We are not happy with this investor state dispute clause', because it's not just the NHS that it's going to affect, this is everything. It's public services, it's safety, it's products that you use in your own home. Any company that's from America selling products here, if we try to stop them doing it, they could take us to court. There'll be issues being pushed under the carpet by the Government and the public wouldn't even know about it.

Fracking is another big issue. I'm not in favour of it at all at the moment, I don't think we've seen enough of reports from credible bodies to show that it could actually be made safe. Our party stance is that it needs to be regulated but I think that the regulation we'd have to have in place to make sure it was safe for people and the environment would be that heavy that it may potentially stop fracking. There's also the carbon issue and the green issue - should we be really pushing in that direction when we need to decarbonise our environment?

SS: What about cuts? Would you keep the cuts?
RLB: I'm anti-austerity so it was difficult for me to come to terms with this within the Party to be honest. We understand that we are going to have to deal with the economy in the state we find it on May 7th. And to be credible we have to show what we can do...

SS: Credible to who? Swing voters in Middle England?
RLB: No, no, no...I think we need to push forward this financial bill that we'll put in place as soon as we get elected, that's going to clamp down on tax avoidance. They say it's up the £80billion a year and that's the tip of the iceberg of what is lost. If we can put that back into the public purse and into the NHS and public services we can scale back austerity completely. But we can't do that until we get the money in from where it's coming from...

SS: They always say that...
RLB: You've got to remember when you're a politician that you're fighting against the wider problems but you're also fighting within your own party for what you believe in. So it's a struggle on all sides and that's what it's going to be for me. But it's like I said, I can't do it on my own. I need more people who think the same way as I do to push for the same things. And I'm happy that we are starting to find a voice again.

SS: The now Councillor Paul Dennett and `Strategic Mayor' said that. He was a community activist down in Blackfriars and said `We're all going to join the Labour Party and change it and make it better'...The next thing he's there in a power suit, on 23 grand a year, plus his job, and the first thing he said to us when he got elected was `Don't take my photograph', and he hasn't spoken to us since.
RLB: Oh right...

SS: If this is the calibre of people coming into the Labour Party, no thank you...They are the people propping up Stewart and his Stalinist stance... And these are supposed to be the `left'? God help us – would hate to see the `right'!...
RLB: From what I can gather Paul thinks the same way politically as I do on many issues. He's left leaning, if you like.

SS: That's what we're saying – if that lot are left leaning what the hell is right leaning? If that's what they think the left is about – blocking out transparency, democracy and accountability, then we're all finished...
RLB: I don't think he thinks like that...

SS: Well what's he been doing for the last few years?
RLB: You're best speaking to him about it.
SS: Ha, we sent him an email last week about a scandal that he knows all about in Pendleton. No response. Not a word...

SS: So, what do you think of the other parties standing against you? Shall we start with Bez and the We Are The Reality Party?
RLB: I met him at one of the election agent things and he seems like a nice guy. He says some things that are a bit crazy but some of it I quite like. He's anti-fracking, anti-austerity and, years ago, I remember him going on about the bees and the danger we all face. It's good that he's getting involved in politics because I'm hoping he will switch the lights on for people from my era who know who he is and start getting them thinking about these things.

SS: The Greens?
RLB: I quite like the Greens to be honest, and the girl who is standing seems lovely. There's a lot with the Green Party that I actually agree with, we've got a lot in common and the only thing we haven't got in common is that we're in different parties.

RLB: I quite like them as well. A lot of things on their leaflets I quite agree with and their candidate, Noreen, seems a lovely woman. She is the kind of person we want to get involved in politics. She wasn't an activist as far as I'm aware until what happened to her son, and that turned her lights on. I'd love them to be in the Labour Party but even if they're just a community activist we can start engaging with people in a wider sense.

SS: That's lovely but Noreen and the Greens will be outside the Civic Centre demonstrating against Labour Party cuts in Salford. What would your message be to them?
RLB: What is happening isn't right and people are angry and you go to the first port of call which is the Council and then above that is the Government. So the MPs should be fighting at Government level and the Council should be trying to listen to the needs of the people.

SS: Do you believe that this lot do listen to the needs of the people?
RLB: Well I hope they do because they shouldn't be there if they don't. That's what every politician should do.

SS: People come in with that optimism and become more and more distanced from those people over time...Look at the expenses scandal with Hazel Blears...
RLB: I don't think there was anybody who was happy with the expenses scandal. I think that a lot of the MPs involved were working within a system that didn't tell them it was the wrong thing to do morally. I think the alarm bells should have been ringing for a lot of people.

SS: We had to look at Hazel's receipts – Egyptian cotton sheets, glass tables, TVs...and nothing from Primark like the rest of us...
RLB: I've not looked at her expenses and a lot of people took issue, not just with Hazel. I don't agree with the expenses scandal overall but people aren't voting for Hazel now, they're voting for a different candidate.

SS: So what do you think are the main problems in Salford?
RLB: Austerity, people using food banks, people on zero hours contracts. People all over Salford have been coming up to me saying that they are on zero hours contracts, that they have families and are really struggling. It's disgusting. We're on a one way street to the workhouse unless we do something about it.

SS: And the Labour Party is going to change that?
RLB: I wouldn't be in it if I didn't think we would...

SS: We'll look forward to seeing you resign in the next few years then...
RLB: We'll restore your faith...

The Full List of Candidates Standing in Salford and Eccles...

• Bailey, Noreen - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
• Berry, Bez - We Are The Reality Party
• Briggs, Charlie - Liberal Democrats
• Clark, Sam - The Pirate Party
• Downes, Greg - Conservative Party
• Doyle, Paul Frank - UK Independence Party
• Long Bailey, Rebecca - Labour Party
• Van Dyke, Emma - Green Party

Photo by Steven Speed


Paul Quinn wrote
at 21:32:08 on 05 May 2015
Yet the City Mayor Ian Stewart has welcomed a decision to ban exclusivity clauses within zero hours contracts. It means that workers on zero hour contracts will now have the freedom to work for more than one employer, without being bound by a single contract of employment with no guarantee of paid work. Some workers currently find themselves that situation and exclusivity clauses prevent them from looking elsewhere for paid employment to top-up their earnings. Now isn’t that nice of the mayor to let people work all hours to make a living wage ;; you say food banks and zero hour contracts are a problem yet the Mayor of Salford has endorsed you for M P for Salford. Then go on to say the first port of call is the council, how many cuts has this council made and never listened to anything that anybody as said the mental health cuts, adult service, just two of many yet you say a Labour government will change this, Myself I don’t think so and I think a lot of other people will think that a Labour government will just do same cuts, cuts, and more cuts
white wrote
at 18:42:21 on 05 May 2015
I think the main point is that she learned from you a few things she probably wasn't aware of regarding the council and the mayor. Whether this has any effect on her is another matter. I have my doubts.
Anthony Dowd wrote
at 18:42:13 on 05 May 2015
I was at the Eccles hustings, and a LOT of what the Cheshire solicitor said was more or less word for word. She's like a robot manifesto. VERY impressed at your attempts to get answers from her. She evaded most of those that mattered concerning stewart and his cronies like dennet, the Fiefdom of stewart and THEM wasting MILLIONS. It is clear she knows NOTHING about Salford Labour; WILL be stewart's puppet; will probably STILL live in leafy Frodsham, WILL backtrack on Fracking...and go the same way as the hustings dodger and the cheque waver. Sadly, people WILL ignore ALL the damage stewart and HIS SALFORD LABOUR Councillors and over-paid mini-mayors are STILL doing to Salford and vote for her!! Even stranger when you consider the choices we now have to vote for if you are a labour supporter, like TUSC.
norma parkinson-green wrote
at 18:42:09 on 05 May 2015
Thank you Salford Star for that insight inside where Rebecca Long Bailey is coming from in her plight to win the Salford and Eccles Labour MP seat. I'm sure it wasn't easy having to answer all those questions and it appears to me, as many people do when they are wishing to stand, that the right words come out and I am sure she feels them passionately, however we have all heard it before from many Councillors and MP's who promise the public everything only to end up giving nothing back to the people they are elected to serve. We in Salford have had enough, we are fed up of not being listened to, Councillors not being accountable and the lack of working together! Once they get the job, they live in a bubble and forget about their community. I don't want a party that will only come out of that bubble when there is an election or if they need something. I want a party that will be there for it's constituents all through the year and who will answer correspondence quickly and honestly. I don't expect to have it all my way, you can't please all the people all of the time, but you can have manners, be accountable, be professional and not continually hide inside the bubble. I want to see a fair and just Council, I want to see Salford people taking pride in their city again. It's no always about money, it's about treating everybody with dignity and respect, not wasting their hard earned cash, not shutting the door on people's questions, being open and genuine. After all they are supposed to be the servants of the people not the other way round!! Maybe I still have my Cinderella shoes on and I am still daydreaming.
Chaz wrote
at 15:51:44 on 05 May 2015
Bloody hell lads you got stuck right in there!!! Great no messing about interview. If the people of Salford return yet another Labour type who will be no different to all of the others then we deserve everything that we get. We've got a revolution happening just 200 miles up the road in Scotland and we've also got a chance to tear the old system down. Vote Green if you love the Planet..vote TUSC if you love the left but perhaps more importantly vote Bez if you want to send a message to Westminster that we WONT be fracked and brutalised. You never know, if we return Bez on an anti fracking ticket we may just save England from getting fracked AND we'd be joining the revolution in saying enough is enough of the neo liberal pervert establishment.
at 15:51:40 on 05 May 2015
'TUSC? I quite like them', says Rebecca Long-Bailey. That won't last, once the Labour Party minders, spin doctors and advisers get to work on her. She may be well-intentioned - but the machine will mould her. And did you note that phrase about fracking? 'I'm not in favour of it at all at the moment'. 'At the moment'???? Give her time and she will be.......
Andrew TUSC wrote
at 15:51:04 on 05 May 2015
Fantastic interview, I knew I could rely on the Salford Star not to give the Cheshire solicitor an easy ride.
life is loud wrote
at 15:50:43 on 05 May 2015
Rebecca gets my vote we need some young blood in the Labour party
noreen bailey wrote
at 13:24:40 on 05 May 2015
well well well thank you Steve if I could award a medal of decency it would be for you. You Steve are our hope for he future thank you so much for your honesty . may I say thank you to Rebecca for her nice words but may I add I am a nice person who will give everything I have to fight for my family and SALFORD as for recruiting us into the labour party I really don't think so, IAN STEWART AND OUR LOCAL LABOUR PARTY RIPPED MINE AND MY HUSBANDS HEARTS OUT WHEN THEY TOLD US IN NO UNCERTAIN WORDS OUR BOYS WERE NOT WORTHY ENOUGH TO HAVE TRANSPORT,well could any one think of a worse way of turning someone against another person well IAN STEWART DID IT TO US and a lot of SALFORD PEOPLE. I am a very proud mother Rebecca and that is why I need to fight not with labour but people that I can trust and believe me like I was told about my boys they did not fit the criteria you don't fit our criteria,you have not once in the above interview with Steve said if you would at least try and give our most vulnerable their services back this I can tell you would be the first thing on my lit the VULNERABLE ELDERLY HOMELESS IN THAT ORDER THEN GETTING SALFORD BACK TO BEING A PROUD CITY AGAIN,
Jim Gilroy wrote
at 12:51:07 on 05 May 2015
A very good interview. Thanks. Much better than the leaflet I got through the door. I'm still unconvinced by the way she was voted in as a candidate against the popular Salford one. Also, Paul Dennett is one of my Labour councillors and I'll never forget after voting for him (naively) I contacted him about an important issue re cuts in supported housing and he didn't respond to me. I also lived on the estate he lives on for 18 years. I was an activist there too for many years. But if my memory serves me right after I got disillusioned and scared and bullied off by certain peeps in Labour and Salix it was all about his block Blackfriars Court and no-one else. We never met them. I heard very bad feedback about them all. People became cynical all over again. I've had similar experiences with Hazel Blears over the years and the current mayor who stated at a garden fete last summer that it wouldn't matter who was in power there would be drastic cuts. Bullshit! I even wrote to him about how the cuts affected people like myself and he took so long to reply because he didn't know what to say and had to call round and ask how to respond! How pathetic! Needless to say Labour have lost my support. I have no faith in them.
Gareth L wrote
at 12:51:03 on 05 May 2015
Joined the party in 2010 and MP by 2015, that's a dramatic rise. She said all the right things, but I don't think I would trust any politician now, esp one aligned to Labour in Salford. Hopefully she will have changed my opinion by the next election.
Salford Lad wrote
at 12:27:20 on 05 May 2015
Where was Rebecca Long Bailey when the people of Salford were being battered by GMP at Barton Moss ??
tom nolan wrote
at 12:27:08 on 05 May 2015
well after reading her thought about it 1st replies, not from the heart and srt8 to it . you can tell she will go down the same road as the rest ...think bez will get my vote...
Another Ex labour voter wrote
at 12:26:05 on 05 May 2015
What a load of waffle , Has she been coached by blears ? Stay in Weaver Vale , woman ! TUSC. The only party that cares about Salford and this Country .
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Star date: 21st June 2018


Salford Council spent almost £10,000 on the jaunt to the MIPIM property orgy in Cannes. A newly published contract register shows that, as well as the £4,022 costs for the City Mayor and two officers to go to the South of France paid by unknown private sector companies, the Council also spent £5,750 on marketing and PR for MIPIM.

The contract register also shows the Council is spending £9,500 on a 'Salford Story' press consultant, £118,000 on its failed 'digital community hub', over £14,000 on a 'leadership programme' and, er, £25,000 on milk and bread?

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Star date: 20th June 2018


Despite musical protests and petitions, the National Grid is adamant that the Salford gas holders, made famous in the Dirty Old Town anthem, will be demolished.

Campaigners are asking for the Grid to re-think a new use for the structures, like in many other towns and cities, but the company states that while "We recognise the historic interest in the Salford gasholder...the structure is being dismantled..."

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Star date: 19th June 2018


Salford City Council has refused to answer a Salford Star Freedom of Information request on which private company paid the £4,022 costs for City Mayor Paul Dennett and two staff to go to the South of France for the MIPIM property event.

The Council states that "the commercial interests of the Council outweigh that of the public interest in disclosure". The Salford Star is to appeal the decision.

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Star date: 18th June 2018


A survey of almost 1,500 local council workers in the North West reveals that 81% have no confidence in the future of local services, 49% are thinking of leaving their jobs, 54% believe their council no longer delivers quality services, and 45% think that their employer doesn't make the right decisions for the public.

The other results of the survey by UNISON to coincide with its local government conference make equally depressing reading, as the union states that "Vital local services in the North West are collapsing".

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Star date: 18th June 2018


"I was absolutely weary...I needed to get out of the house" Ernie

Caring for a loved one is indeed a labour of love but it can also be life consuming and draining. So a group called Time Out For Carers is making a difference, running weekly sessions where escapism is the order of the day.

There's free massages, trips out, advice on allowances, tea and coffee and cakes, but, most importantly, relaxed informal chats with carers who are all in the same position.

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