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Well what a result in the Salford Mayoral Referendum, voter apathy in Salford is a major problem and has been for a number of years because people felt they could not change both the ruling regime or system. From the votes cast for our “Yes” campaign the ruling regime will now have to sit up and take notice, they are now accountable to the people (is this why they fought so hard against it) however this is not the end but just the beginning of bringing Democratic Accountability to our Council Leaders.
We now have both the local and Mayoral elections for Salford in May. We also have the Manchester Mayoral referendum or possibly Mayoral elections, depending on how Manchester Labour reacts to Salford’s result and with Labour controlled Liverpool also changing to the democratic system of local government.
This is a tremendous time for the English Democrats in the North West and our partners in the Mayoral Alliance, The Community Action Party. who have worked together to bring this changea
Regards Stephen Morris North West Area Chairman – English Democrats
Local Government in Salford is failing the people of our City.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
The power to change the way our city works is in the hands of Salford people.
From New York to London, from Chicago to Sydney, dynamic Elected Mayors are fighting for their cities and re-building their communities.
These Mayors answer directly to the people they serve. Everyone knows who’s in charge, who to credit and who to blame.
In Salford, decision-makers hide behind red tape and a confusing collection of quangos and committees.
Power that should be in the hands of the citizens of Salford is carved up between anonymous officers, unelected bureaucrats and part-time politicians.
Major challenges facing us – poverty, the breakdown of community and lack of opportunity – aren’t being addressed.
The dynamism of the business sector is being stymied. Innovative thinking from other cities in the UK, Europe and the US is ignored. Energies that should be devoted to the people of Salford are spent on infighting.
An Elected Mayor for Salford would bring vision, fresh ideas and real accountability to City leadership.
An Elected Mayor would build on Salford’s great traditions of solidarity and community.
An Elected Mayor would champion local business, and support the many voluntary organisations at the heart of City life.
And an Elected Mayor would have to stand or fall by their record in office, and be answerable to the people of Salford through the ballot box