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SALFORD ELECTION BATTLE BUS
 

Star date: 21st April 2010 

REG AND HIS BATTLE BUGGY

While other candidates tour Salford's roads in poster covered buses, trucks, vans and cars, Reg Howard is hitting the streets in his mobility scooter to canvass votes.

Reg, who's standing as an Independent candidate for Pendlebury in the local election, is disabled and took to his buggy after watching other candidates sweep by in their grand political battle buses.

"I thought `I've got a battle bus, my mobility scooter'" he laughs "I've got a little basket on the front with my poster on it and I go out in it canvassing. Unfortunately I've got the biggest ward in Salford to cover, with over 11,000 people!"

Full story here…


Reg Howard has never belonged to a political party but says he was determined to stand in the local election this year to get his voice heard. What he didn't realise was how huge his ward of Pendlebury is and how difficult it is to reach the people he needs to convince to vote for him.

"I've got a few people helping me to deliver leaflets and I've been out in my buggy and my car but the ward is massive" he says "It's real David v Golliath stuff."

Reg was prompted to stand to highlight the problems faced by disabled people and pensioners. He talks about the nightmare he had trying to get decent care for his late wife -  ironically a nurse at Hope Hospital - in the face of cuts in social and health services, and his own experiences of being compelled to look for work…

"I've got lung cancer, I'm registered disabled, I'm 60 years old – who's going to give me a job?" he says "They said `If you don't come for an interview you'll lose your benefits'. They sent me on a course that cost £650 to get me back to work. The wastage is just phenomenal."

He also talks about the financial penalties faced by the elderly and the disabled when they get their pensions and all the benefits stop.

"When I try to speak to someone at Salford Council about it they don't want to know" says Reg "So I thought `No-one is going to speak up for me so I'll do it myself'…The only way I'm going to get my voice heard is to get on the council." 

...With the help of his battle bus buggy, of course.

 

The candidates for Pendlebury are…

Reg Howard – Independent
Valerie Gregory – Lib Dem
Bernard Lea – Labour
Keyth Scoles – Tory
Stuart Cremins – Independent
Wayne Taylor – BNP

* Before current Salford councillors get their knickers in a twist, the Salford Star would like to point out that, being non political, it does not endorse any candidates in the local or general election. This is just a very nice little story of someone trying to get their voice heard against all the odds – so do one!

Pete wrote
at 06:17:11 on 02 July 2013
If people knew the truth about this man they would think differently.
 
Reg Howard wrote
at 16:02:46 on 26 April 2010
The answer to that is simple Steven, I do not have a printer nor the resources of the political parties and Joe kindly offered to help me by printing my leaflets. I am an independent which you well know, that is why you appolgised to me on Salford on line, My plans for the future depend on whether or not I am elected, if I am I will work to improve the wellbeing of the elderly and disabled in Salford, if not, who knows, I don't!!!
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 16:36:58 on 25 April 2010
Question for Reg... You've stated you're standing as a "true Independent" and not part of any group/party. However, Cllr Joe O'Neill over on his "Mole45" blog claims he's printing leaflets for you. Are you truly Independent? Or will you be joining the Salford City Independent Group if elected?
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 19:54:30 on 24 April 2010
What a shame I'm not in your ward Reg. Politics needs people like you. Good Luck!
 
andrew behan wrote
at 14:14:42 on 23 April 2010
Well Done Reg! I am standing in the Ordsall Ward and it is quite clear that the local labour councillors have been absent for years. I applaude your attitude and committment to fight for others to make their lot in life better.
 
David Henry wrote
at 07:05:24 on 23 April 2010
Now I know who to vote for in the locals! You have my vote Reg.
 
neil harrison wrote
at 07:05:02 on 23 April 2010
its about time someone with a definite aim stood against what has become authoritarian established outlooks..l hope reg gives them a bloody nose and people get behind him....go for it boy..
 
mark armstrong wrote
at 16:43:58 on 22 April 2010
I think that a man that stands up for others when facing adverse conditions in his own life has to be applauded. Very few would give so much time when they are in full health and have none of the associated issues to deal with. If I had a hat I would take it off to you. Best of luck Mark Armstrong
 
Lee Geraghty wrote
at 17:13:16 on 21 April 2010
Go for it Reg..power to the people.
 
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