MP Questions GE 2017 Online Husting

MP CANDIDATE QUESTIONS- sent by email 10 and 11 May 2017 via email.

Questions and answers in order of receipt of answers. 160517 Andrew Gwynne is working on answers as are Lib Dem Candidates. No response as yet from Jonathan Reynolds and Rozila Kana. Angela Rayners office has been in contact today.

Jack Rankin Conservative Ashton Under Lyne.

  • Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.In its current format, I do not believe that the GMSF meets the needs of people in this constituency. I am particularly concerned with the threat posed to our greenbelt – as a local lad, I know how important these sites are to our communities. Whether it’s Hartshead and Holden Clough, or Littlmeoss and Ashton Moss, the proposed developments are inappropriate and not in the interests of local people. Although I didn’t submit a response earlier in the year, as your local Member of Parliament I would challenge any proposal that was not in this constituency’s interests, and that includes the GMSF.
  • If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?Although I’m not an elected MP or councillor in Ashton-under-Lyne, my commitment will always be to meet with any local constituent when they have an issue, and the protection of our greenbelt is no exception to this. Growing up here, I know how important our green spaces are, and I will always work with local residents, the local authority and Ministers in Westminster to ensure our greenbelt is protected.
  • If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?My commitment is to fight for what’s right for Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth. If I am elected as your Member of Parliament on 8th June, I will work with Ministers, alongside tabling questions and early day motions where appropriate in the House of Commons, to ensure that the GMSF delivers for people in our area, and not at the cost of our greenbelt.
  • Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?I have a simple belief that governments at every level should be open and accountable to the people they serve. They are elected by you to serve you, and this is as true of your next Member of Parliament as it is of TMBC. If I am elected as your Member of Parliament, I will work with TMBC to ensure our greenbelt is protected, and where appropriate will submit FOI requests to further this.
  • Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?The role of any Member of Parliament is to work to protect the interests of their constituents, and protecting the environment is a very important part of this. I support the principles of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs, and am committed to working to deliver environmental policies that work for the residents of Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth, not least with the new opportunities Brexit offers,
  • Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?My position to the GMSF could not be clearer – I could not support it as it currently stands. There is an undoubted need for more housing across our region. Without sufficient housing stock the aspirations of too many young people to own their own home will be unattainable, and I support a regional perspective on this issue. What I do not support is a framework that inadequately meets the needs of people in this constituency. I will always fight any development that I do not believe is in the interests of people living in Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth, and will challenge sections of the GMSF that in their current form do not meet this. In particular, I believe in the importance of protecting our greenbelt, and believe that there should be a presumption for brownfield development first where it is appropriate.
  • Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning Committee.Growing up here, I know how important green open spaces are to our community. Regularly walking my dog Benny through Daisy Nook and in the green spaces between Droylsden and Ashton, I know we live in a very special place, and this must not be put at risk. As your Member of Parliament I would scrutinise any move to reclassify greenbelt or greenfield land to brownfield, and challenge any proposed development that was not in the interests of people living in this constituency.
  • Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?Yes. My commitment is to the people of Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth, and I will always lobby the government to protect the interests of this constituency, whether that’s on the greenbelt, education, the NHS, jobs or delivering a Brexit that works for people here.
  • Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?Growing up here, I know just how important it is to have a Member of Parliament that understands the area, rather than being parachuted in by the unions. Having been born here, grown up here and went to school here, to parents who in turn grew up here, Ashton is very much in my blood.I want to be your Member of Parliament because I saw when I was growing up what Labour’s politics really means: low opportunity, low aspiration, a clear road map to decline.This election is the most important in a generation. The prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in 10 Downing Street leading a coalition of chaos, propped up by the Liberal Democrats and Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP, is terrifying. Jeremy Corbyn cannot be trusted with this country’s defences.I am committed to working for you, to deliver real results across Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth. It is essential that this country has strong and stable leadership as we deliver Brexit, and with Theresa May at the helm we can build a stronger Britain that works for everyone in Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth.

 

Tom Dowse Conservative

  • Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.Yes. As a Councillor of another heavily affected area, I responded to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) consultation on Jan 10 2017 along with my Conservative Councillor colleagues. As a minority Council Group, we were open and transparent with our own consultation responses with local residents and fellow Councillors across Greater Manchester. My response raised the concerns, opportunities and challenges the GMSF faces. I believe that the GMSF does not properly address the real housing needs with regards to the site-specific allocations and associated problems with transport and infrastructure planning; in addition to my concerns over the re-classification of the greenbelt and the lack of open public consultation.Broadly, the document agreed that it is beneficial for Greater Manchester to have a 20-year housing and development plan. It also acknowledges that without the plan and a lack of an up to date UDP/local plan or sufficient housing supply, our greenbelt is at greater threat from speculative applications. However, I felt there was insufficient evidence with regards to the accelerated growth predictions, the lack of in-depth analysis of the supply of brownfield sites in Greater Manchester and the fact that the first GMSF plan appeared to be a sponsored land-grab by the Labour-led Greater Manchester Combined Authority- valuing the interests of property developers over those of local residents.Copies of this response can be found by emailing tomdowse2017@gmail.com. 
  •  If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?Yes. I organised a meeting of affected residents, which attracted around 350 concerned local people. Many arrived at this meeting having only being informed of the GMSF plans via our leaflet, my ward colleague and I appearing on local radio and Television stations and via our own social media. I encouraged residents to respond to the GMSF consultation initially via the online portal, but then provided postal addresses for constituents to respond to the consultation. Following this meeting, we regularly emailed our email database with key reasons to respond against the GMSF allocation. These emails were rooted in planning policy and the disparity between planning laws such as the NPPF and the 2011 Neighbourhood planning clause of the Localism act.I helped organise a march on the local Town Hall, which attracted 700 residents, local and national press, two Conservative Members of Parliament and countless other organisations following the development of the GMSF. I also attended a rally at Manchester Town Hall on April 1 2017, where I met with groups from across Greater Manchester.
  •  If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?I have not previously been elected as a Member of Parliament. However, I fully supported the Westminster Hall debate tabled by local Conservative Members of Parliament which received cross-party support. This highlighted the strong concerns of local residents on the loss of Greenbelt under the second draft of the GMSF.I also signed and shared petitions organised by Conservative Members of Parliament, which attracted over 5000 signatures, and even saw local allocations raised in the House of Commons and mentioned at Prime Minister’s Questions by Theresa May.
  •    Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?No. I have however, expressed concerns over the GMSF process with the Cllr Alex Ganotis (Leader of Stockport Council), Cllr Sean Anstee (Leader of Trafford Council) and Eamonn Boylan (CEO Greater Manchester Combined Authority). I have been in regular contact with key officers and Councillors to discuss the GMSF implications for our greenbelt.
  •    Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?Yes. Currently 145 Members of Parliament across the chamber have pledged to support the ‘Greener UK Coalition of MPs’ and if elected I will sign the pledge and work with the Green-Alliance. This would not just be for issues surrounding the greenbelt, but ensuring that with Brexit negotiations, there is a strong focus on the environmental and ecological impacts with the repatriation of powers from the European Union.
  •    Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?I believe that having a 20-year plan is preferable. However, I have concerns about the way this can be achieved if it is drawn up behind closed doors and doesn’t consult residents not just affected by greenbelt, but also needs to have a discussion for the vision of our area and the jobs needed to support it.Yes. I have not only just called for this sea-change over how the GMSF is panning out, but have worked with Labour and independent Councillors in Stockport to insist that should the greenbelt not be redacted from the plan without proof of ‘extraordinary circumstances’, then we must leave the GMSF. If elected, I will also insist that EVERY brownfield site is considered for development first, as a way to redevelop existing, underused and dilapidated sites.
  •   Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning Committee.Yes. It is true that our much-loved Green Open Spaces are under the threat of sale by Tameside Council. I welcome the news that five sites across Tameside have been withdrawn from auction by the Council. However, we need a total policy rethink locally over what has happened. These proposed auctions left residents in the dark, and people were unaware of the proposed sales until very last minute.If elected, I will work to protect these spaces. Without them, entire communities would be affected. Open spaces improve our health and wellbeing, improve the look of our urban environment and provide all important playing spaces for our children.
  •  Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?Yes. I believe that as a Conservative MP I would be best placed to lobby Ministers and government bodies to protect our greenbelt. Furthermore, with my local government background, I will continue to work closely with the Greater Manchester Combined authority, Tameside MBC and elected members to secure the changes we need in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.I will work with anyone and everyone, regardless of their politics to protect our greenbelt. Issues such as these are bigger than politics, and if the greenbelt is lost, it is lost forever.
  •    Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?Clarity on this issue is key. I am against building on the greenbelt. The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 set out the controls for building on Greenbelt- and we must defend this. This stance doesn’t mean that I am against growth- infact, I’m proud to represent a party who talk of growing this region. However, it must be sustained growth, solving proper housing pressures whilst at the same time improving infrastructure for current residents and redeveloping our brownfield sites for housing and employment need.If elected as MP for Stalybridge and Hyde I will:1Seek an emergency Westminster Hall debate on GMSF implications for Stalybridge and Hyde before the third draft GMSF is released in September.2Defend our greenspaces from being sold off by Tameside Council and closely monitor any re-classification of greenbelt land. It’s there for a reason and it must be defended in Parliament.3Work with residents and local Councillors of any political party to ensure that we have a sensible housing and redevelopment policy which invests in our town centres, invests into our key infrastructure and encourages proper consultation.A local Member of Parliament should be working in Westminster fighting for residents, and representing their views. One of the first things I did being after being selected as the parliamentary candidate, was meeting with residents on site at the proposed allocations. If elected, Tameside’s greenbelt will be my first priority. It needs a strong voice in Westminster.

Andy Hunter Rossall Green Party Ashton under Lyne

•   Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.I contributed to the Oldham & Saddleworth Green Party response, and the Greater Manchester Green Party Forum response. Tameside Green Party also produced a response, but I did not contribute this – I live in the Ashton-Under-Lyne constituency, but in the borough of Oldham. I can forward you any or all 3 of these full responses on request, but in brief:The responses challenged the quantity of houses required, and the forecasts for economic growth (2.5%).The responses also challenged the type of homes which were proposed. The area of land set aside for housing and the number of houses proposed implies that these will largely be low density, “executive” homes. The councils like these as they bring in more council tax, but they result in a greater loss of green space, and don’t necessarily meet the needs of local residents. There is a shortage of smaller homes and genuinely affordable homes.The responses were damning about the loss of green space. I believe much more can be done to meet housing and employment needs without resorting to a loss of about 1/12 of Greater Manchester’s green belt land.The responses called for more proactive measures to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution and for the combined authority to report on the expected impact of the GMSF on carbon emissions and air pollution.The responses called for a greater emphasis on active travel and public transport, both for health reasons and environmental reasons. They also called for a rethink on the targets to double the air traffic at Manchester airport.The responses were critical of the lack of planning for infrastructure

•    If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?
 I was not previously an elected representative, but Oldham & Saddleworth Green Party did raise the issue with the local press, and there were several letters published in the Oldham Chronicle on the topic.
•    If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?
N/A
•    Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?
No
•    Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?
I have not seen the text of the pledge, and the text has been taken offline for the duration of the General Election, so I cannot, unfortunately, comment on it. I do however agree entirely with the aims of Greener UK as laid out on the manifesto page of their website.
•    Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/ Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?Absolutely. This is entirely in line with the responses I helped to draft, the local Green Party’s agreed position, and my own personal beliefs.
•    Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning Committee.
Yes. TMBC has a duty to plan for its future housing and employment needs, but it should be a priority of it’s local plan to do so without a loss of green spaces. The TMBC local plan is currently in development and this is the opportune moment to campaign for a greener approach to planning.
•    Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?
I will commit to meeting with your group, and campaigning on our areas of agreement (which are many!)
•    Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?
The Green Party have environmental sustainability at their heart. It is one of the founding principles of the party, along with democracy, equality and social justice.
As a student I was active in several single issue campaign groups – including environmental groups such as People and Planet. I found I spent a lot of my time lobbying politicians; writing to them, signing petitions, or protesting against their decisions. I became involved in politics myself as I saw this as a more direct way of instigating change. The Green Party is the political wing of the environmental movement. By getting more like-minded people elected, we can ensure that sustainability is at the heart of our decision making, and not an after-thought tacked on when the campaign groups shout loud enough.
The Green Party’s only MP, Caroline Lucas, has done a phenomenal job representing both her constituents, her party, and the wider green movement, and has won several awards for being an effective and ethical politician. One more Labour, Tory or Lib Dem MP will not make a great deal of difference. But a second, third or fourth Green MP, will dramatically amplify the voice of our movement.
 

Andrew Gwynne

Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.Yes, please see attached. Andrew responded as a Member of Parliament

•If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?Yes, Andrew has attended numerous meetings and events on this issue across the Constituency. Andrew has also done articles and letters for the local press expressing his opposition to the plans, details of many of these have been published on Andrew’s Facebook and Twitter

•If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?Yes, right up to the day of dissolution, Andrew was seeking answers to questions and ensuring that the voices of Denton and Reddish are heard in any decisions, many have been published on Andrew’s Facebook and Twitter.

Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?Yes, many have been published on Andrew’s Facebook and Twitter.

 •Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?I have brought this to Andrew’s attention, however I see that the pledge has been removed until after the election so we are unable to access the details?

 •Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?The answer to this question is yes, and again the details of Andrew’s objections and questions are detailed in his response to the GMSF consultation.

Paul Ankers Lib Dem Stalybridge and Hyde

  • Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.I agreed that my response would be submitted on my behalf by Stockport Liberal Democrats group. 

•       If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?I was a Councillor between 2007-11. GMSF was not a current issue at the time, but I was very involved in a fight for greenspace, a Village Green application in Chorlton circa 2009. 

•       If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?

I have not previously been an MP. 

•       Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?

No.

•       Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?There is no link or information about the pledge and what I think you are referring to has been removed during the course of the election. However, I am aware of Greener UK and their aims and I broadly support them. Stalybridge & Hyde is one of the most beautiful constituencies in the country. The beauty of the landscape must be maintained. We are custodians for out flora fauna & wildlife. 

•       Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites? Tameside is a beautiful part of the world, with amazing green spaces and superb views. We are lucky, but we must be vigilant against dangers that could cost us these
assets. It is important that we protect our green belt whilst delivering the new houses this country and this borough needs. The Greater Manchester Spacial Framework
is full of easy answers for Town Hall officers, planning big developments on greenbelt land, but they need to exhaust the potential of brownfield sites and do more to reduce empty
properties first.  Green spaces are currently under threat in Mossley and we oppose the potential loss of Cosgrove Gardens & Mossley Community Orchard amongst
 other local assets. Green belt land such as at Godley Green, Little Moss and other sites across Tameside need protecting. There is a housing crisis which must

 be resolved, but some of these developments are very large and would drastically change the nature of our area. 

•       Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning Committee.

I am supporting a campaign in Mossley to this effect and would support other campaigns across the borough. 

•       Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?

Yes


•       Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?

I have a proven track record of fighting for green spaces. I believe that Brexit will cost the country dear and that my party is the only ones fighting to stop it. I will oppose the unfair funding formula for local schools that will hit Tameside hard & I will fight to preserve the Pension triple lock that the Liberal Democrats introduced in 2011. 

Jonathan Reynolds.

  • Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.I responded in an official capacity as the then MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, whilst also declaring I live behind one of the sites affected. The major points I made were that I recognise house prices are becoming untenable for younger people, but that new housing must come with infrastructure to alleviate the burden on existing residents. Any development must be mixed and include genuinely affordable housing. I am also strongly of the view that planning development is better than leaving it to developer speculation. You can read my response on my website:

http://www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk/my_response_to_the_greater_manchester_spatial_framework

  • If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?Yes I have met with many people regarding this issue, both individually and collectively. I have been clear to stress however that I will not support any position which is opposed in principle to new homes, as this is neither fair or possible to deliver.
  • If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?I’ve attended and spoken in several housing debates, including in housebuilding and homelessness. In liaison with Emmaus Mossley I have been a prominent supporter of the Homelessness Reduction Bill. I have also been following the new Government White Paper on housing with interest and providing updates via my Facebook page. The crucial question we need answering  is how and when will details be made available of the proposed standardised national formula to determine the number of homes that need to be built in each area? The Government currently say they are still consulting on this.
  • Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?Neither TMBC or the GMCA have ever refused me information I have requested, so I have never had to resort to FOIs.
  • Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?I would be happy to. I am a former shadow Climate Change Minister and in 2015 published a specific election address covering environmental issues. I am particularly keen to see real progress made on reducing carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty, and my response to the GM Spatial Framework included my assertion that any new homes be built with as much energy efficiency as possible.
  • Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?The GMSF figures should be re-checked to try and achieve consensus, and once this is achieved we should allocate sufficient land to meet that need. This should be brownfield first but if we don’t have sufficient brownfield land we should set out the tight conditions under which other identified sites could be developed, including agreed infrastructure investment and provision of additional school places. We should do this because otherwise we will hand all the power to developers who will then develop what they want without the kind of conditions regarding additional infrastructure that we need to see.I note that even the Campaign to Protect Rural England submission to the GMSF uses a figure for new homes in Greater Manchester which is in excess of the brownfield land available, so we cannot avoid this issue. However, we can try and make it work as best for us as is possible. For instance, I have said no housing should go in Mottram until the FULL bypass is built. In Stalybridge, it should be conditional on Metrolink being extended and the roads improved. In Hyde, we should consider building a new village with schools and services, and road and rail improvements, put in first. All developments should be mixed and contain genuinely affordable social housing. If we just ignore this refuse to make a local plan, we will lose the ability to set any of these conditions.
  • Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning CommitteeI believe urban green space is the most precious resource, even more so than Green Belt. It’s important people understand that Green Belt and green space are not the same thing, and that refusing to build in urban areas and on the Green Belt is effectively impossible. However, protecting well used urban green space should be the priority. In order for this to happen, national government must stop cutting local authority budgets. If local councils have statutory responsibilities to deliver things like social care, and no money to deliver them, they will be forced to sell assets or go bankrupt. For example, I recently called on the council to listen to the excellent local campaign to save Cosgrove Gardens in Mossley from disposal. This space is more used and more valued by the community than some of the rolling hills around, yet is a brownfield site. This is why we need to reflect on green space preservation in a measured way which takes into account the real needs of communities, including within urban areas.
  • Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?Yes, as long as they are not opposed in principle to new homes being built.
  • Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?

People understand new homes are required, but have reasonable concerns about the burden new housing might put on existing services. My approach will deliver new homes alongside the infrastructure that is needed.

The key issue with regard to the allocation of land for housing is that the number of new houses an area needs is objectively assessed. At present this is done by planners but the Government have announced plans to standardise the methodology for this. The crucial point is that local politicians cannot set an artificially low number in order to avoid making difficult decisions as to where new housing should go.

So it’s no good politicians simply promising people that development won’t happen – they simply don’t have that power. I am honest about this and treat people with the respect and intelligence  they deserve.

People who say we shouldn’t produce a local plan are fundamentally wrong. This would transfer all the power to developers who would likely build more homes than we want, of styles we don’t need, in places we’d prefer them not to.

I am a strong, independent-minded local champion who has the relationships and the respect to get the right results for residents, like by helping to save Cosgrove Gardens in Mossley. I am a thinker, a fighter, and a doer, able to grasp complex national problems and come up with pragmatic solutions that will serve our local area best, and leave us well placed to have a thriving economy, strong public services and vibrant communities for years to come, whatever is happening in national government.

To do this requires experience, leadership and guts. Most of all you need a local representative who is round the table where decisions are made, not protesting from the side-lines or apologising for initiatives forced on us by national government.

I stand for re-election on my record as someone who has fought hard to find solutions to local challenges, whether it is securing funds for a Mottram bypass and a possible transPennine tunnel, taking buses back into local control to make them more reliable, building two new primary schools in Hyde to meet growing demand, or helping to remove the failing Chief Executive at Tameside Hospital so rapid improvements could be made.

I am a local man with four children who were born in our local hospital, play in our local parks and shop with me in our town centres. I want to improve our area for them, for you, for your children and grandchildren. A vote for me is vote for a strong local voice standing up for Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale, and I am extremely grateful for all the local support.

Louise Ankers Lib Dem Denton and Reddish

  • Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.a response was submitted by Stockport Liberal Democrats group, which I was in agreement with. 

•       If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?I have not been a previously elected MP or councillor.
•       If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?I have not previously been an MP. 
•       Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?No. 
•       Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?There is no link or information about the pledge that I can find online, but I am aware of Greener UK and their aims and I agree to most of what they are asking for. Denton & Reddish and especially Reddish Vale,  is a fantastic resource for the community.

•       Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?Tameside is beautiful with many green spaces for people to enjoy. It is important that we protect our green belt whilst delivering the new houses this country. The Greater Manchester Spacial Framework should have included the potential of brownfield sites of which we have many.  There is a housing crisis which must be focused on. But there must be a better way. 
•       Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning Committee.I am open to supporting  campaigns  like this across the borough. 
•       Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?Yes
•       Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?I am passionate about delivering prosperity for the voters of Denton & Reddish & I believe that Brexit will cost the country dear and that my party is the only one fighting to stop it. I will oppose the unfair funding formula for local schools that will hit Tameside hard & I oppose the removal of a hot free meal for infants that Theresa May wants to scrap. 

Carly Hicks Lib Dem Ashton Under Lyne
•       Did you make a response to the GMSF consultation earlier this year and what points did you make? Did you respond as a Greater Manchester Resident or in an official capacity.No however I agree with the Oldham Liberal Democrats’ response, which advocates exploiting existing brownfield sites before building on green belt.

•       If you were previously a locally elected MP or councillor, did you meet with local constituents about the issue and did you attend any of the local rallies or raise the issue with the local press?N/A
•       If you were a previously elected MP did you table any questions in the House of Commons about the GMSF, Greenbelt or Greenspace?N/A

•       Have you made any FOI requests to TMBC on this issue?No
•       Have you/will you sign up to the pledge of the Greener UK Coalition of MPs?I believe that the pledge has been removed for the course of the election so I am not able to sign up to it. However, I am in agreement in principle with what I understand to be its aims to restore and enhance our environment and have previously worked closely with several of the environmental organisations involved in the course of my work in Brussels to try to secure strong legislation to protect the environment. I would work to ensure that our existing environmental protections are not watered down post-Brexit.
•       Please state your position on the GMSF- Will you publicly support our call that Greenbelt/Greenspace must be removed from the GMSF plans and the GMSF figures re-checked and the plans redone to use Brownfield sites?I oppose building on the greenbelt proposed in the GMSF as I am concerned that while we require more affordable housing, what we would end up with is big expensive homes for the few. I believe that in order to avoid urban sprawl we should first exploit existing brownfield sites, ensuring that affordable homes are prioritised.
•       Will you support us in calling for TMBC to cease the sale of Green Open Space for development, to ensure no Green Space is reclassified as Brownfield and support our call that proposed developments on Green Open Spaces be refused as a matter of priority by Local Planning and the TMBC Planning Committee.I would support this call in principle.
•       Will you commit to Lobbying on behalf of our group on this issue at governmental level?Yes
•       Finally why should our members support you as candidate for MP?Labour have had a free run in Tameside and Greater Manchester for too long. Decisions like where to build houses for the next generation need to be made after careful consideration and public and political scrutiny. A vote for the Liberal Democrats means a vote for change in Tameside and beyond.

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