Star date: 17th May 2012
SALFORD MAYOR COULD GET £79,500 WHILE ASSISTANTS GET HUGE PAY RISE
Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, could be heading for £79,500 a year if the Independent Panel that decides his salary follows Liverpool’s lead.
Meanwhile, following yesterday’s Salford Council meeting, there are three less councillors paid on higher levels than basic allowance, but five councillors whose new jobs will be paid £3,500 more than previous similar roles. This at a time when there is a pay freeze across Salford Council
What really has changed? we see an increase in more Labour Councillors dipping into the public trough ,Jobs that never existed before being created and Mr Stewart waiting to see how much he can get.And today we see we have a Ceremonial Mayor also,i mean just have a quick look in to the back catalogues of Labour spending to see how much that will cost. Don’t forget you voted for change all we seemed to have got is more Labour members financially better off, how sad because we can’t complain because there is no opposition in council to raise the issues. and why because Salford suffers from APATHY to many people willing to complain and do bugger all to change it.
SALFORD MEDIACITYUK TO CUT SECURITY
Star date: 15th May 2012
A Salford Star Exclusive
PEEL HOLDINGS TO AXE SECURITY JOBS AT MEDIA CITY
Peel Holdings is to cut security staff at MediaCityUK with a possible loss of up to 20% of jobs, the Salford Star understands. Peel has a security contract with G4S and has informed the company that it is revising its security levels.
This comes in the wake of recent national media attention over perceived crime levels around Salford Quays, where BBC workers were told via e-mail that Salford was “a different kettle of fish” to their London HQ and were offered personal security guards to their cars and trams.
13 May 2012
In September 2012, Caroline Lucas MP will reach the end of her second term as national Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and has announced today that she will not be seeking re-election for another two-year term, in order to broaden opportunities for the range of talent in the Party and to raise the profiles of others aspiring to election.
Caroline Lucas said: “I’m hugely honoured to have served as the first Leader of the Green Party and I’m proud that during the four years of my term, we’ve moved Green politics forward to a higher level, with the Party by far the most influential it has ever been. We’ve seen significant breakthroughs in winning our first seat at Westminster and gaining our first ever local council in Brighton and Hove. These were followed by further breakthroughs onto new Councils in the recent local elections, which were among the most successful we’ve ever had, as well as establishing ourselves as the third party, ahead of the LibDems, in the elections for London Mayor.
“I look forward to continuing to do all I can in my very demanding role as the MP for Brighton Pavilion, representing my constituents and defending them against the Coalition Government’s disastrous economic policies and its refusal to accept its environmental and social responsibilities. I will also be able to dedicate even more of my work to the political frontline, putting the Green case for change in Parliament and in all circles of national political debate.”
Cllr Darren Johnson, London Assembly Member, said: “Caroline has made a huge impact in her time as Green Party Leader and has helped shift Green politics from the margins to the mainstream of British political life. She will be an extremely hard act to follow but this is an ideal time to allow new talent to come forward.”
Jenny Jones, London Assembly Member and recent Green Mayoral Candidate said:
“The Green Party has made some massive breakthroughs in the past two years, since having Caroline as our Leader, in Parliament, in Brighton and most recently in London, where we are now the third party behind the Conservatives and Labour. Caroline’s decision not to seek re-election at this point is entirely in keeping with Green principles: it’s a strong move, allowing other talented people to come through and to take the Green Party even further forward. She has set a superb example of how to lead. Whoever is elected in her place has a tough act to follow.”
Nominations for leadership candidates are now open within the Party and will close towards the end of June. The new Leader (or Co-leaders) will take up the two year post in early September. No nominations have yet been received.
Caroline Lucas added: “We’re lucky to have a wealth of capability and experience in our Party. Now feels like the right time to step aside, to allow more of that ability to come forward and help the party to grow. I offer my very best wishes to the next Leader, whoever they may be.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The roles of Leader and Deputy Leader were established by the Green Party in 2008 to provide a public face and a strong voice for Green politics and policies. Both roles have a term of two years and Caroline Lucas MP, the Party’s first Leader, will have served for two consecutive terms.
15 May 2012
Worthing Green Party in West Sussex is delighted to announce a prominent local politician James Doyle has joined them. A County Councillor for Worthing Pier division, he recently stood down as a borough councillor (Selden Ward), and was a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the General Elections of 2005 and 2010, as well as Mayor of Worthing in 2003-4.
James said, “I joined the Liberal Democrats in 1993, and was happy to represent what I thought was a party of fairness, opportunity and commitment to public service, but the actions of the Coalition Government left me with no option but to leave. The national Liberal Democrat party have supported the introduction of policies which I think are destructive and corrosive to our society, and which will reduce access to services for those most in need while enriching those at the top of society. I am really pleased to be able to join up with the Green Party, a party under whose banner I will continue to fight for the environment, and a progressive and just society. Since 2011 I have sat as an Independent member on both local councils; I will see out my term on West Sussex County Council as an Independent and fight to retain the seat as a Green Party candidate in 2013.”
Worthing Green Party co-ordinator David Aherne said, “James is a fantastic addition to our local team and we are thrilled to have someone of his ability and experience on board.”
James Doyle’s website
Councillor Andy Hodgson said, “I have often been a lone voice in standing up for Shirley within the Liberal Democrat Group. They are not providing the strong and effective opposition the people of Solihull deserve. In contrast, I have been impressed by the vigour and leadership shown by the Green Group in holding the out-of-touch Conservative Council to account.”