Our Man to fight Nick Griffin

Peter Cranie

Peter CraniePeter Cranie is an anti-racism activist, who has been involved with the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism. He re-established Liverpool Green Party in 2002 and since then the local party has won two council seats. He is a former Elections Co-ordinator for the national Green Party.

Married, and a new father, Peter has a wide range of experience:

  • in the private sector, working in retail banks in the 1990s
  • in the public sector, as a social care worker and FE lecturer
  • in the charity sector, where he currently works for a Parenting Support charity

Peter is an economic migrant to England. His family moved from Scotland in the early 1980s as manufacturing jobs and employment collapsed under the early years of the Thatcher government. He has lived in England for over 25 years and in the North West for over a decade.

Local Vote Green

The Greens are the only party in Britain to score 100% on our Euro MP expenses in Europe. That means no other parties are giving you a full and honest account about how they are using their expenses or employing their staff.

Only the Greens can be trusted to give you the whole truth.

The Green Euro MPs work far harder than the other parties. Jean Lambert MEP was named Peace and Human Rights MEP of the year in 2005. Caroline Lucas MEP was named Ethical Politician of the year 2007. She also was awarded MEP of the year for Trade in 2008.

The Greens work hardest for you in Europe.

The other parties receive tax payer money from Parliament. They all have big debts and therefore have to rely on big donations from wealthy businessmen. Only the Greens are funded by ethical donations from people like you, who want to support real policies that make a difference to our future.

The Greens will stand up for you

This election is about who else you want to put into the European Parliament. The Greens have received support from other parties and former Labour and Lib Dem councillors who are backing us to stop the BNP by finishing ahead of them to win the last seat.

Voting Green will keep the BNP out of power

More North West Greens Elected

Membership of the Greens is growing fast, up by over a half in the last five years, and we want you to get involved in helping us to change things for the better.

Greens have:

  • Fought for better public transport and better disability access
  • Campaigned for warmer homes and lower fuel bills
  • Argued for more investment in bus and rail with lower fares
  • Put forward a “Green New Deal” to create more jobs in our economy

Our local councillors are right at the heart of their local communities. They work with people every day to deal with everyday problems, whether that is bin collections, safer streets or protecting green spaces.

Our party is also committed to tackle the much bigger issue of Climate Change. We want councils to understand the amount of CO2 emissions they are responsible for, and to adopt progressive and money saving policies. For example the Green initiative in Huddersfield. In just one town, Green councillors have put together a scheme that has:

  • insulated over 11,000 homes
  • saved each household £150 annually
  • created over 100 jobs

This is the “Green New Deal” in action.

So when you voted Labour did you expect Sheep?

imagesSalford City UNISON branch secretary, Steve North, was addressing protesters on the steps of the Civic Centre before the Council meeting began.

I’ve just been talking to one of the Labour councillors and he was saying to me that they all have their views, and they’re all very, very unhappy about these proposals and what these things mean, but when they go into the meeting they go as a block” he said “They meet on a Monday as the Labour Group, and they get told how to vote.

“So, for the people of Salford there doesn’t appear to be any opposition politically whatsoever to these cuts that are taking place” he added “That’s the challenge for us, to continue to push this Council to understand that what the people of this city expect them to do is to campaign against cuts, to challenge the Government, to stand up for the people who elected them – and not just stand up for a Mayor who tells them how to vote on a given day…

Surely this is why Mr Kingston is a respected Journalist he in such short sentences keyholes the Mayor yesterday.

As Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart opened and closed the Salford Council meeting that voted in favour of £23.4million of cuts, his own councillors’ eyes looked glazed as he waffled on and on and on, repeating himself over and over again about the “hard reality of the times we live in”… “the most challenging decisions I’ve had to make in my political life”…and how it is “a budget of cuts forced upon us by the Government” etc etc. We saw one councillor definitely nodding off…

While no-one could doubt the seriousness of the subject matter and the social impact of the decisions, Stewart’s two speeches were like something out of a post war Soviet politburo, which someone clocked at ninety minutes but seemed like ten hours.

From my very good Friend Mrs Mary Ferrer .

mary ferrer wrote
at 11:30:43 AM on Thursday, February 28, 2013

First regarding voting Labour Councillors, they are whipped, they can’t use their brain or balls(if they have any) on how they vote,they are TOLD how to vote. I don’t do budgets and figures, but where are the city’s reserves and what about our borrowing powers, have they hammered the Credit of this city on CRAP. This budget makes better headlines that if they cut the wages of the higher earners or cut the hand-outs to Peel,Lowry,BBC and so on. I am sure they could have saved money elsewhere if they wanted to. I DON’T agree with what this government have and are doing,but, we must remember they picked up the debts of the former LABOUR government. Labour have run this country too its knees and our local Labour Council have done the same here is Salford. There is no opposition within Salford council at this moment in time. the PEOPLE of Salford have a choice come next May and I hope they use their vote wisely. Vote for councillors who listen to their constituents and are their voice, not the mouthpiece of this Labour council. Get councillors who have balls and the bottle to stand-up to this lot.

What do i like about Mrs Ferrer she says what she thinks i left the Liberal Democrats and she told me what she thought of me,but by God  do i feel better she is with me and willing to fight to regain her Claremont seat and i will do every thing i can to help her to do it,role on 2014

If you don’t read the Salford Star do it today the reality of life in Labours Salford.

LOWER BROUGHTON FOODBANK SEES DEMAND SOARING

“More and more people are getting into that level of trouble where they literally can’t put food on the table…” volunteer

The biggest benefit cuts and Bedroom Tax don’t even come in until the end of March but already foodbanks are springing up in Salford to cope with poverty.

As an official Salford City Council report lists the horrendous consequences of political and financial attacks on the most disadvantaged in our society, we visit the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Lower Broughton to gauge the destitution…