On Saturday the Civic Centre in Swinton is hosting a “Garden Party”. I’ve not been consulted on the day’s events but it looks like a sort of outdoors local democracy day – worth popping along.
Here are two quotes from last week’s Advertiser concerning Salford MP Hazel Blears:
“Ms Blears insists the panel’s decision is good news for the city”
“She said: ‘I don’t think that’s a bad result'”
Sounds good – so what is the good news Hazel? Is Salford getting some new sports facilities? Is a major employer planning to create hundreds of new jobs? Is the community getting some new powers?
No. What hopeless Hazel is referring to is the decision to close Hope Hospital’s maternity and neo-natal units. How this becomes “good news” and “not a bad result”, I really don’t know.
Of course, Hazel doesn’t have a seat to contest at the moment for the next General Election. She has to face an upcoming contest with Eccles MP Ian Stewart for the Labour nomination for the new Salford & Eccles constituency. Stewart has now waded in with his own comments on the situation. Has Hazel Blears managed to talk herself out of her job?