Salford local elections.

The battle between building new homes and saving Salford’s greenbelt is to the fore as the city heads to the polls on Thursday May 6 to vote for a Mayor as well as all its councillors.

Labour’s Paul Dennett is favourite to remain the city’s elected Mayor in elections delayed by the Covid pandemic but he faces a raft of challengers including an independent Republican candidate who wants to abolish the post of Mayor for which he is standing.

The cladding scandal, post-pandemic jobs and litter are key issues but the main tension is over the housing shortage with the need to build new homes across the city putting some green belt areas under threat.

The candidates are as follows:

Paul Dennett (Labour)

Paul Dennett is the incumbent Mayor and has to be considered the clear favourite in the race. Salford has always had a Labour mayor since the position was established in 2012, with the current Mayor himself, taking office in 2016.

Some of his key policies are as follows-

– To tackle the extensive waiting list for social housing, by laying out a 10-year plan to address it.

-To restore Buille Hill Mansion, as well as protect other heritage buildings in the area.

-Appoint a new Secondary Education Officer, and improve the performance of secondary schools across Salford.

-Transform Salford into a ‘Learning City’ where educational opportunities are life long and available to all residents, regardless of background.

Arnold Saunders (Conservatives) 

Saunders has held a hard-won council seat in Kersal since 2017, the first Conservative councillor for 25 years. He is the most likely candidate to offer a serious challenge to the incumbent Mayor this year. Saunders is also a freelance rabbi.

If elected he will focus on ‘jabs and jobs’ helping to continue the efficient roll-out of vaccines in the area.

He hopes to capitalise upon the post-pandemic and post-Brexit opportunities by bringing more business, trade, and jobs to Salford.

He is very keen to protect the area’s green belt, keep council taxes as low as possible, and make the streets safer.

Jake Overend (Liberal Democrats)

Jake Overend first ran for election in 2019 as the Lib Dem candidate for Salford and Eccles. He is also a graduate of the University of Salford.

Having last held a council seat in Salford City Council in 2008; the Lib Dems are looking to drastically turn around their fortunes this election. He feels that the party has recovered from the damage done to its reputation when it joined a coalition government with the Tories in 2010.

Overend believes that Salford is more anti-Conservative than pro-Labour, which his party could capitalise on.

The Salford Lib Dems have launched large campaigns across social media to address some key issues in Salford. They want to clean up Salford Quays, clean up Claremont, end the cladding scandal, and establish a nature reserve around Gnome Island.

Wendy Olsen (Green Party)

Wendy Olsen previously ran for Mayor with the Green Party in 2016, winning 8 per cent of the vote. This year she is also standing for councillor in the newly-formed Blackfriars and Trinity ward.

She has more than 30 years of experience in a trade union and is currently an equalities officer at Manchester University where she has worked since 2002.

Her campaigns have focused on litter, parking, traffic, carbon-neutral policies, green paths, cycling, and air pollution.

Recent polls have suggested the Green Party is now the third-largest party in the UK, based on voter intention. So there are high hopes for the upcoming election.

She also wants to improve the schooling system by giving them more funding and remove all flood risks in the area.

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Stephen Ord (Independent)

Former Labour councillor Stephen Ord has eight years of experience serving Salford City Council.

He left after a dispute over the party’s position on Brexit and is now running as a “Brexit Mayor for a Brexit City”.

He wishes to scrap the mayoral system, for the council to sell off the AJ Bell Stadium, for the council to clean up the city, and to increase the budget for road repairs.

Ord has also raised concerns that supposed savings in the council are often just delayed repairs, and that deferring such repairs often ends up costing more when it comes to repairing them down the line.

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Stuart Cremins (Independent)

Stuart Cremins is running as an Independent for Mayor. However, he is the leader of the Republic Party and has been for the past six years,
He went to school in Manchester and is the founder of a local business Cremins Travel.
The Republic Party stands for the abolition of the constitutional monarchy and the formation of a Republic of the United Kingdom.

He has been critical of cost-cutting measures implemented on the City and feels that the Council should first look at cutting its own costs from within. He also believes the bins need to be collected more regularly to help to create a clean City.

The polls are open from 7am-10pm on Thursday, May 6 at polling stations across the borough.

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