HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD LABOUR PARTY AT WAR WITH ITSELF AS MAYOR TRIES TO CRUSH ANY OPPOSITION
 

Star date: 18th November 2015

SALFORD LABOUR COUNCILLOR GETS HAMMERED FOR `UPSETTING MAYOR'

"We now have a Labour group split down the middle – it's bad news for Salfordians..." Labour Party member

Despite announcing his intention to quit today, Salford Mayor Ian Stewart was last night at the centre of debate, as Weaste and Seedley councillor Paul Wilson had the Party whip removed.

The incredibly narrow vote in favour of the censure means that the Salford Labour Party is now at war with itself, with one member telling the Salford Star that Wilson's treatment was an attempt by the Mayor "to crush any opposition to him".

Full details here...


Welcome to Stalinford
click image to enlarge

Today at the full meeting of Salford City Council, Mayor Ian Stewart was all smiles as he announced his intention to stand down before the May 2016 mayoral elections (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Last night, however, at a meeting of the city's Labour Party Group, Weaste and Seedley Councillor, Paul Wilson, had the Party whip removed for, basically, `upsetting the Mayor' as one Party member put it.

Wilson announced recently that he was going to put himself forward to get the Party's nomination to stand for Mayor, before Stewart said he was quitting. And that led to three charges against him...

The first charge had to be dropped as Party chiefs hadn't read their own rulebook – it only related to national issues and didn't concern local issues.

The second charge was that Wilson `disrespected the whip'. Apparently he was asked to attend a kind of tribunal but didn't know what he was being charged with, nor which Party rule he had broken.

The third charge was `disrespecting the Mayor' because he announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the press. Wilson's defence was that the press was told by someone else in the Party and a reporter phoned him up for a comment...

"He's been stitched up good and proper" said one Salford Labour Party member, while another added "Nobody's clear why this has happened, I think it's just for upsetting Ian Stewart...it's an attempt to crush any opposition to him."

The four hour meeting last night ended with Stewart's supporters winning by only a few votes – with two councillors who might have voted against the censure not being able to attend as they were, ironically, at a selection meeting.

"It appears that the Labour Group has narrowly ploughed through a decision based on some very dodgy evidence" said a long standing member of the Salford Labour Party "The closeness of the vote is heartening; it means that some of our councillors are still fair minded and do not kowtow to the hierarchy. But we now have a Labour Group split down the middle – it's bad news for Salfordians in austere times..."

The Salford Star understands that Paul Wilson will appeal against the decision but if it is upheld it will mean that he is excluded from the Party for a number of months and wouldn't be able to stand for the Labour Party mayoral candidate nomination.

At today's full council meeting, as Ian Stewart went through the motions of patting himself on the back for being "the listening Mayor", while waffling of "truly exciting times for Salford", Councillor Wilson was moved away from other Labour councillors by a Council officer, and made to sit on his own, like the naughty boy in school.

Salford really is becoming engulfed in playground politics, complete with bullying, cliques and secret meetings behind the bike sheds. For Labour Party members, who have never spoken to the Salford Star before about internal Labour politics, to be slating Ian Stewart and his supporters so publicly, something is seriously wrong.

And those new members who joined the Labour Party in the city on the strength of Jeremy Corbyn's new gentle politics must be wondering what the hell is going on in Stalinford...

Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 11:43:37 PM on Friday, November 20, 2015
So let's get this right. The Labour council and it's party are fighting one and another, with the Salford Mayor right at the centre of the conflict. Well there's a surprise. And yes, I am being very sarcastic. How can Salford progress and improve its services, such as housing, and care for the elderly / vulnerable, when it can't put it's own house in order. This is why The City of Salford is in a state of confusion and chaos. "A House that stands divided does not stand at all". When will the Labour Council / Party realise that their duties are not to squabble with one another, at the tax payers expense, but to improve, and enhance this city for all the who live and / or work within Salford. If the Mayor of Salford is causing the problem, and he plans to stand down anyway, I cannot see why all of the Labour Council / Party members can't take a vote of no confidence against Ian Stewart, and remove the problem once and for all. We as a city, can only hope that the next Mayor has the integrity, honesty, and determination to repair and improve the damage that has been done to Salford, by our very own Labour Council / Party.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:43:34 PM on Friday, November 20, 2015
@Salford Star - I suspect there's an error in this article. There's no way they're going to acknowledge yet another catastrophe so wheres the bit where they blame government cuts? This is what makes me laugh lots over my cornflakes, every time, and has done for nearly 40 years. This omission is most disappointing. Do you have new editor?
 
Dave L wrote
at 2:34:46 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
What a total farce!
 
Mark Preston wrote
at 1:13:23 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
....the phrase, 'no honour amongst thieves springs to mind!'
 
Ben wrote
at 10:07:57 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
Doesn't matter who stands Labour will get in again guaranteed, all rather sad and sums up the state of affairs in Salford.
 
Salford1 wrote
at 10:07:54 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
The new Warburtons crumpet ad with the muppet show stars reminds me of Stewart and labour council.lors .....They're all! MUPPETS....
 
Michael F in Salford wrote
at 3:43:28 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
I am astounded at this news. Paul is in the same boat as me when I was the MPs Agent in Doncaster for Labour 30 years ago. Sheffield News reported my saying "Reds are not under the bed they are in it". Now with the Corbyn factor and Mr Mayor it seems a fact that Labour has moved into painting the whole community with red oxide lead. Toxic and out of fashion. What about openness, trust, respect as I feel much is lacking at Salford Council.
 
wrote
at 3:15:30 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
to Salford lad. No. Gena was too busy sorting out the plans for the three-weekly bin collections.
 
Salford lad wrote
at 12:30:49 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
Where was my local councillor Gena Merret on this vote, was she once again tied to her desk!?
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 4:26:47 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
"But we now have a Labour Group split down the middle – it's bad news for Salfordians in austere times..." Surely a split in the Labour group, and the end of the Stalinist monolith, could actually produce a GOOD outcome for Salfordians i.e. that some councillors might actually oppose cuts!!!
 
Brianfkirkham@sky.com wrote
at 4:18:25 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Democracy Experiment moves into a new phase - one of almost biblical proportions - what's the betting Cllr Wilson stands anyway - regardless of who stands for Labour? It would be highly embarrassing for Labours Top Brass in Salford if he did - let alone if he actually won the mayoral vote.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Brexit Salford
stephensons ad 1
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: KEN LOACH, RICKY TOMLINSON, JB BARRINGTON STAR IN SALFORD COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE FUNDRAISER
Great idea and I hope well supported but why at the Miners in Moston when it's the Salford unemployed. There are many venues in Sa... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
Do not understand why any Church is run as a Company with Directors. Please explain. Do Directors get paid or the Church Company m... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
Stephen. I think this is a public issue. If you are correct why is a Director of a London Church standing in Langworthy Ward. Why ... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
See comments below from The Salford Way et al...There's only two active directorships, one for a community organisation and one fo... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
Interesting stuff. Am I hearing UKIP is backing Michael Felse as the Independent with their 1000 Langworthy votes. Is Felse still ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

KEN LOACH, RICKY TOMLINSON, JB BARRINGTON STAR IN SALFORD COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE FUNDRAISER

Star date: 19th November 2017

WATCH KEN LOACH FILMS WITH KEN LOACH!

Films and Conversations With Ken Loach
Thursday 23rd November 2pm-midnight
Moston Miners' Community Arts Centre £20/£10

This Thursday, there's a chance to watch Ken Loach films, I, Daniel Blake and Spirit of '45, together with the man himself, plus there's entertainment from Ricky Tomlinson, JB Barrington, Smug Roberts and more in a special fundraiser for the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

Full details here...

MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS SHOPPER SHOCKER AS ‘THERESA MAY’ AND CO TAX RAIN, SMALL CHILDREN AND PUPPIES

Star date: 18th November 2017

MANCHESTER PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY SUGGESTIONS FOR TORY BUDGET TAXES ON SANTA AND CARING THOUGHTS

Market Street in Manchester City Centre became a showcase for Tory Government pre-budget suggestions this afternoon, with 'Theresa May' and 'Philip Hammond' liking the idea of taxing everything from the northern rain to Santa himself.

It was all part of a Bodge The Budget performance from Manchester People's Assembly, and a pre-amble to the organisation's big Eve of Budget Rally to Shine A Light On Tory Failure, this Tuesday 21st November at 6:30pm, at GMex.

Full details here...

PENDLETON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE GRAPHIC DESIGN EXHIBITION

Star date: 18th November 2017

EX STUDENTS, CURRENT STUDENTS AND POTENTIAL FUTURE STUDENTS INVITED TO SPECIAL SHOWCASE

Pendleton Graphic Design Alumni Exhibition
Tuesday 21st November from 5:30pm
Pendleton Sixth Form College

After a fire hit the Graphic Design Department at Pendleton Sixth Form College 18 months ago, the place has risen from ashes with new state-of-the-art facilities. And to celebrate, next Tuesday, successful former students will holding an exhibition; a "must-see show for any aspiring designers or anyone interested in creative arts and design" state the organisers.

Full details here...

REVEREND RACCOON CONVERTS THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 18th November 2017

SPIRITUAL SALVATION NOT GUARANTEED BY REVEREND RACCOON

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon
Monday 20th November 7:30pm
The Kings Arms £5/£4

Loss, faith and spiritual quackery are explored in The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon, that plays out at The Kings Arms on Monday. It's a one man dark comedy that parodies the archetypal tv preacher, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION

Star date: 18th November 2017

TWO MAIN PARTIES PLUS GREENS, LIBDEMS AND INDEPENDENT STAND IN LANGWORTHY

Five candidates have put themselves forward to stand in the Langworthy by-election which takes place on Thursday 14th December. Joining the Conservative and Labour Party are the Greens, LibDems and Michael Felse standing as an Independent.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx