Stockport Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement that Lord Bob Kerslake is to become the Chair of the board of the new Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC).
Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Stockport Council and Board Member of the MDC, said “I am delighted to welcome Bob Kerslake to Stockport. He is a man of great experience in both national and local government and I look forward to working with him. We are all excited by the potential that the MDC offers to transform Stockport and provide new jobs and homes into the bargain.
“It is important to note that this initiative has all-party backing, so potential investors and developers can plan ahead with confidence despite the finely balanced political situation on Stockport Council. This is a key message as Liberal Democrats and Labour both have 26 seats each, the Conservatives 8 and the Independent Ratepayers 3. Whatever political fortunes may dictate over the next few years, we are all committed to making the MDC work. It is the first of its kind and it gives Stockport a tremendous opportunity to forge ahead”.
Last year, as part of the Council tax increase, local residents were promised much needed additional Police officers by Labour run Stockport Council. Now, as concerns over rising crime continue, people are starting to doubt Labour’s promises and are asking what has happened to the new officers? The Mayor of Greater Manchester had pledged 320 extra Police across the city region which should have resulted in an extra 32 here in Stockport.
Speaking at a recent Council meeting, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Mark Hunter demanded to know how many extra Police officers were in post and said that local people should get what they have already paid for.
Cllr Hunter commented “Local people want to know why we are still waiting for the increased Police presence that we were promised last year. At a time when concerns over crime levels continue to grow it’s about time that Labour-led Stockport and the Combined Authority got their act together and delivered on their pledge. The Lib Dems will continue to campaign for safer streets until they do!”
Whilst many people enjoy organised firework displays, animal charities and those supporting people susceptible to alarm from them, including those with autistic spectrum disorders or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, have highlighted the harm caused by loud fireworks
Following the proposal of a Liberal Democrat motion at the recent Full Council Meeting, Stockport Council will now act to seek to increase the enjoyment and reduce the harm by raising awareness of the impact of fireworks and lobby government to introduce a lower limit for the noisiest fireworks sold to the public.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Mark Roberts, Lib Dem Councillor for Bredbury Green and Romiley and proposer of the motion, said: “I know from personal experience the impact fireworks can have on a loved family pet, more recently I’ve become aware of their potential impacts on those with autism and mental health conditions including PTSD and while I think it important people should be able to enjoy themselves as they wish they should be aware their choices have consequences for their neighbours. We would like to make it easier for people to make good choices for our communities and the types of fireworks they choose to celebrate with.
“I was delighted that following the debate on this motion we now have a policy in Stockport where the council will actively promote a public awareness campaign of the impact of fireworks, advertise public displays and lobby government for lower noise limits for fireworks. There is plenty of time between now and next firework season for this to be implemented properly.”
Cllr Suzanne Wyatt, Lib Dem Councillor for Cheadle Hulme South and seconder of the motion, said: “In my speech I highlighted many tragic stories of harm or distress caused to animals and people by fireworks. I am delighted that all councillors unanimously supported our call to action and that Stockport will now be a safer place for residents and animals alike.”
Responding to the news that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will not be standing candidates in Cheadle and Hazel Grove, the Liberal Democrats have said it’s clear that moderate Conservative voters have been left homeless.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Hazel Grove, Lisa Smart said:
“It’s clear that the Conservatives and Brexit Party are now the same. Boris Johnson’s alliance with Nigel Farage has shown that they have only one ambition in mind, to deliver the hardest Brexit possible that puts jobs and our public services at risk.
“Conservative voters across Hazel Grove have already contacted us, saying they simply cannot continue to back a party that would work with the likes of Nigel Farage and Aaron Banks.”
Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheadle, Tom Morrison said:
“The Conservative Party has rejected the politics of Ken Clarke and Winston Churchill’s grandson and replaced it with the politics of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump.
“People across Cheadle deserve so much better. They are not the kind of people that would be comfortable with this nasty little alliance, and I’m sure this will be made clear in the next few weeks.”
Tom Morrison and the Cheadle Lib Dems have welcomed the decision of the Green Party to stand aside at this election.
Local Lib Dem candidate Tom Morrison said “We thank the Green Party for this brave decision. Brexit is a national crisis. This groundbreaking agreement, facilitated by the Unite to Remain campaign group, will help to secure more Remain supporting MPs in the next Parliament. We also thank all the candidates who have generously agreed to stand aside in other seats affected by the Unite to Remain arrangements.”
“It is deeply disappointing that Labour Remainers would not step up too, but its clear that on the doors across Cheadle, many Labour supporters are engaging with my positive plan for our area and understand that it is a two horse race between myself and the Conservatives.
“The people of Cheadle Constituency deserve a strong voice in Parliament, to stop Brexit and fight for a brighter future for Britain. The Liberal Democrats are the only Party that can make that happen in our area.”
Local Lib Dems have welcomed the decision of the Green Party to stand aside at this election.
Local Lib Dem candidate Lisa Smart said “We thank the Green Party for this brave decision. Brexit is a national crisis. This ground-breaking agreement, facilitated by the Unite to Remain campaign group, will help to secure more Remain supporting MPs in the next Parliament. We also thank all the candidates who have generously agreed to stand aside in other seats affected by the Unite to Remain arrangements.”
“It is deeply disappointing that Labour Remainers would not step up too, but they failed the test on backing a People’s Vote and they failed the test to build a new Remain Parliament. They are still a Brexit party.”
“The people of Hazel Grove deserve a strong voice in Parliament, to stop Brexit and fight for a brighter future for Britain. The Liberal Democrats are the only Party who can deliver that brighter future for our area at this election.”