Full weekend closures on the A580

Cllr Iain Lindley on Walkden RoadI 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.

Delivering for Worsley and Eccles South

Iain1smIt’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.

Walkden Community “You Decide” Hustings

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!

Broadoak Planning Appeal Denied

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.

A world-class, well-funded health service here in Worsley & Eccles South

A number of local residents have contacted me to ask for my views on the future of the National Health Service. Let me assure you that if elected as your MP, I am committed to protecting the fundamental principles of the NHS as we know them – I want our NHS to be a world-leading, world-class health service, accountable to the public, benefitting from new and increased investment and free at the point of delivery.

I know how much the local NHS is valued by our community. As a local resident, myself and my family rely on the same health services that you do – whether that’s our local GPs, community services, or the excellent services provided by Salford Royal Hospital.

I was proud to support the campaign to retain our Maternity Unit at Salford Royal Hospital, and I will never forget how the then Secretary of State for Health, Labour MP Alan Johnson, slipped out the decision to close it on the day before the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2007. It is a source of profound regret and disappointment that the current Government felt that the process had moved too far down the line to reverse the decision.

The pressures on our health service have never been so great. As a rule, we are living longer, and as we grow older many of us live with conditions that previous generations would have found difficult or impossible to treat. These life-saving and life-changing advancements are fantastic news, and they mean that the NHS can’t simply stand still. We need to innovate, to invest and to adapt to create a world-class National Health Service that serves the needs of our community today and in the future.

Spending on the health service has increased by £12.9 billion over the course of this Parliament, and I will support plans to continue to increase spending in real terms on the NHS in each year of the next Parliament. This increased spending has meant over 9000 more doctors, 7000 more nurses and 2000 more midwives in the NHS since 2010. It has also funded new treatments like the cancer drugs fund, which has helped more than 60,000 people gain access to pioneering, life enhancing medicines.

These extra staff are working in cleaner, safer hospitals. The safeguards put into place following the Mid Staffordshire tragedy are helping to expose poor care and improve patient safety, mixed-sex wards have almost been eradicated, and hospital infections have almost halved since 2010.

I am also a strong supporter of the Conservative pledge to improve GP access so that by 2020 everyone will be able to see a GP seven days a week. I know that make convenient appointments is a big issue for many local people – as someone who works full-time myself I find it difficult to see the doctor at a time which is convenient. Vulnerable older residents also now have the reassurance of a named GP.

The future of our health service is a vital issue and one of great concern to most local people. I want to have a positive debate about the future of our NHS. Unfortunately it is difficult to have that positive debate when the Labour Party is determined to try to scare people into voting for them with increasingly ridiculous negative tales. This is pure and simple scaremongering to win votes and our political debate is much the worse for it. Private contractors account for a tiny fraction of total NHS spending, and the vast majority of the growth of those private contracts took place under a Labour Government.

A welcome tax cut for Salford residents

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This week’s budget contained some extremely welcome news for local residents across Worsley & Eccles South.

I was particularly pleased to see commitment to further tax cuts for those on low and middle incomes. These further rises in the personal tax allowance mean that compared with 2010, the typical taxpayer will be over £900 a year better off – 27 million people nationally including tens of thousands of local residents are keeping more of their hard-earned money.

Alongside that, the budget also froze fuel duty again by cancelling Labour’s planned duty increase. The continuing duty freeze has saved the typical family around £10 each time they fill up at the pump. This is particularly welcome, especially given the increased congestion caused by the misguided busway works across Worsley and Walkden!

The new Personal Savings Allowance is great news for savers – it means that around 95% of people will now not pay any savings tax whatsoever.

The new “Help To Buy” ISA will help local people save for their first home. 495 families in Salford have already benefitted from the Help To Buy scheme and this will provide further support for those seeking to take their first step towards owning their own home.

Following on from the budget, we also saw Friday’s announcement of further investment in the “northern powerhouse” – a huge commitment to improving road and rail infastructure across the north of England including here in Greater Manchester. This has the potential to be truly transformational, providing new jobs and rebalancing the economy in our favour.

There’s still much to do but our economy is back on track. Employment is up and unemployment is down – the number of people in Worsley & Eccles South who are out-of-work and claiming benefit has fallen by 64% since 2010. Living standards are rising, the deficit is falling and the economy is growing. There are still some tough choices ahead, but we are moving in the right direction.