Stockport Lib Dems call for fire safety reassurance

Stockport Liberal Democrats have demanded a speedy response to concerns over the safety of tower blocks in the borough following the heart-breaking tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at the Town Hall said: “I welcome the fact that Stockport Homes, who manage these homes for Stockport Council, have invested almost £5m in the last 5 years upgrading fire safety measures including fire doors, smoke alarms and door closers.

“But it is perfectly understandable that, following the disaster in London and as several of our tower blocks have external cladding, our tenants here in Stockport should want re-assurance that their homes are safe.

“Liberal Democrats welcome the council’s announcement of a review of safety in the light of these concerns – but it must be, and be seen to be, fully independent of the contractors involved in delivering the property improvements in question, and it must be conducted promptly.

“We are also concerned that the ‘stay in your property’ guidance is not appropriate for a fire of the type seen in London and thought must be given to how the actions of fire crews and advice to residents may need to change in the light of this recent tragedy. Lessons must be learned.”

New Leadership team for Stockport Liberal Democrats

Cllr Mark Hunter has replaced Cllr Iain Roberts as Leader of the Opposition Liberal Democrat Group on Stockport Council, with Cllr Lisa Smart taking on the position of Deputy Leader.

Cllr Roberts decided to step down as Group Leader, a position he has held since May 2016, due to work commitments.

Cllr Mark Hunter became Group Leader and Cllr Lisa Smart became Deputy Leader following Group elections on Monday.

Cllr Iain Roberts said: “It has been a tremendous honour to lead the Lib Dem Group over the past year. We have held the new Labour administration to account and actively campaigned to highlight national issues, protect services our residents rely upon and to fight off the excesses of the proposed GM Spatial Framework.

“I have been ably supported by Mark as my Deputy Leader and I know the Group is in safe hands with him as Group Leader. He will be just as ably supported by Lisa Smart.”

Cllr Mark Hunter said: “We are all very grateful to Iain for the leadership he has shown and his hard work over the past year. That the Group is in such a good shape to continue to challenge the Labour administration is in no small part due to his efforts. It was an honour to serve as Leader between 2002 and 2005 and I relish the opportunity to return to this role.

“Our initial job is to continue to constructively oppose Labour who, in their informal alliance with the local Tories, continue to operate as a minority administration.

“The Liberal Democrats are campaigning for a Stockport Council run in the interests of residents – that is what people will get if they elect Lib Dem councillors in next year’s local elections.”

Lisa Smart and Mark Hunter to fight the next General Election for the Lib Dems

Local Councillor Lisa Smart will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Hazel Grove at the General Election on June 8th 2017. Councillor and former MP Mark Hunter will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheadle constituency.

Mark and Lisa have a track record of campaigning for better services at Stepping Hill Hospital, standing up against Conservative and Labour plans to bulldoze our greenbelt and winning fights to keep local buses on the road.

In this election Hazel Grove is a clear fight between hard working local Councillor Lisa Smart and the Conservatives. In Cheadle only Mark Hunter can beat the Tories. The other parties are out of the race.

The Labour Party are a mess. Fighting among themselves rather than fighting the government. Only the Liberal Democrats will stand up against this Conservative government.

Tim Farron MP, leader of the Lib Dems said,“This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

“If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.”

Lisa added, “As a local Councillor it’s a privilege to stand up for residents at the Town Hall. I’m keen to take that fight to Westminster.”


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Sad passing of Cllr Maureen Rowles

The Liberal Democrat Group were sad to hear of the death early this morning of Labour Councillor Maureen Rowles, after a lengthy period of illness.

Speaking of her passing Cllr Iain Roberts, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said “It was with much sadness that I heard of Maureen’s death this morning. A stalwart of the Labour Group who was popular with members across the political spectrum, she first became a councillor almost 40 years ago. She was well liked and respected in equal measure. She always spoke with passion and was a stalwart champion of her residents in Brinnington and Central ward. Our thoughts go to her family and many friends both in and out of politics.”

Job Opportunity: Campaigns Organiser – Stockport Liberal Democrats

Save our GreenbeltSalary: £18,000 + (based on experience)

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an energetic and enthusiastic person to become the full-time Campaigns Organiser for Stockport Liberal Democrats, assisting teams in the formerly held seats of Cheadle and Hazel Grove as well as Stockport Constituency.

With both Manchester City centre on the doorstep and good transport links with the rest of North West, this is the ideal position for someone looking to get more insight into political campaigning.

The successful candidate will work with us to prepare for our local elections in May 2018 and ideally towards Greater Manchester in the Mayoral contest.

The main tasks include organising voter contact and recruiting, retaining and organising volunteers to support local campaigning across Stockport although some knowledge of art working would also be useful.

The post is offered on an initial fixed term contract until May 2018. The successful candidate could start now or after the May 2017 elections for an exceptional candidate.

You can download the Job Description and Person Specification here

Closing Date: 16th March 2017

Interview Date: Week of 27th March 2017

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter to the Chair of Stockport Metro, Claire Halliwell at If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion about the role please initially send Claire an email.