The Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Walkden is always a fitting tribute and I am looking forward to attending tomorrow. The forecast isn’t great but I am sure that there will be a fantastic turnout as always.
The parade leaves the Walkden Legion Club on Wilfred Road at 9.20am sharp with the service at St Paul’s starting at 10am and returning to the Cenotaph on Parr Fold Park just before 11am.
A full list of Remembrance Sunday events can be found on the Council website.
Today local residents have the chance to choose a new Member of Parliament for the next four years and also to elect their Councillor.
It is a tremendous honour to be your Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Worsley and Eccles South. This is my home and I hope that I have always tried to do my best for our area and speak up on behalf of local people on the issues that matter – from opposing the chaos of Labour’s misguided busway to protecting our local green spaces.
Locally and nationally, there’s a clear choice at this election. On the Council, you can choose between your hard-working Conservative team or a Labour Councillor who will just do what the City Mayor says – and we already know that the Labour City Mayor and his thirteen assistants have no interest in Walkden.
In Parliament, we can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs under a Conservative-led Government, or return to ruin with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls propped up by the SNP. In Worsley and Eccles South, unemployment has halved since 2010, income tax has been slashed for those on low and middle incomes, and there are more people in work than ever before.
I have always sought to be a voice for our area. Please use your local and national votes for your Conservative candidates today. It would be a great privilege to have your support – polls are open until 10pm.
I have been informed that due to further misguided busway works, the A580 will be fully closed eastbound between Mosley Common Road and Walkden Road from 10pm on Friday 8th May until 5am on Monday 11th May. There will be no access in or out of the A580 from Newearth Road.
The following weekend the same closure will apply westbound from 10pm on Friday 15th May until 5am on Monday 18th May. Sadly, I would not be too surprised if the closures spilled over into the Monday rush hour – although hopefully not.
I am sure it is just a coincidence that these closures will take place starting the day after polling day.
It’s a tremendous honour to be your Conservative candidate for Worsley and Eccles South. Our area has every reason to be optimistic – our communities are on the up. Here are four positive reasons to vote Conservative in this election:
- We’ve cut income tax – and 39,398 people in Worsley and Eccles South are now paying less income tax and keeping more of their hard-earned money. If you help us win the election, we’ll keep cutting income tax by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500 and increasing the 40p tax threshold so no-one earning under £50,000 pays it.
- We’ve delivered 5,870 apprenticeships in Worsley and Eccles South since 2010, helping young people get the skills they need to get on in life. We’ve invested over £19,434,686 in creating new school places in Worsley and Eccles South, helping young people get the best start in life. If we win the election, we’ll continue to give every child the best start in life by securing more good school places – and create 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020.
- There are 70,800 more businesses in the North West than in 2010 – and 48 businesses in Worsley and Eccles South have received Start Up Loans, helping them grow and create jobs for our area. If you help us win the election, we will keep backing businesses with lower taxes, less red tape and more Start Up loans.
- We’re helping create more jobs and opportunities in Worsley and Eccles South – and the number of people claiming unemployment benefits has halved since 2010. That means more people in work, with the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.
I’m delighted to have been able to accept an invitation to the first local hustings event of the campaign proper – Walkden Community’s “You Decide” event this coming Saturday, 18th April. The event runs from 11am until 2pm in the main square in the Ellesmere shopping centre in Walkden.
I’m very grateful for all the hard work put in by local volunteers to organise this event and I am looking forward to seeing a big turnout of local residents to ask me and my fellow candidates questions!
I was delighted to learn this morning that the Secretary of State has turned down Peel’s plans to build 600 homes on the Worsley Greenway at Broadoak. This is great news for the whole local area and means that the Greenway is protected for future generations.
This is the culmination of over two years of hard work by the local community and particularly those who have worked tirelessly for RAID. I’m pleased to have been able to play a small part in this campaign but others have worked day and night to prevent this inappropriate development – our community owes them a great deal.