Letter to Manchester Evening News 06/07/2012

Published on by mikemouldingcommunity-action

Dear Editor,

I must correct the article written by your political reporter Deborah Linton, (MEN 6/07/2012) indicating that Manchester is still setting the pace as a major city, even without an elected Mayor simply because the Greater Manchester region has secured government support through its Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Greater Manchester is not a city and nor will it ever be i...f the true people of Salford, Bolton, Trafford, Wigan and others have their way. Indeed, in Salford we have a directly-elected Mayor, voted in by the people at a referendum and a subsequent election. Manchester did not secure the millions the article suggests. It has been given to the whole Greater Manchester region which includes all ten authorities Manchester being only one.

The City of Liverpool did elect a Mayor as the article said but in doing so this city attracted the same source of funding for this city alone. Therefore, it could be reasonably argued that Manchester has in fact lost out as government support has gone through the Combined Authority only.

We believe any funding should go direct to the cities/towns themselves and therefore Salford should have been treated the same as Liverpool in our endeavours to meet the aspirations of other major cities in the UK.

Best wishes

Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party, 92 Wyndham Avenue, Clifton, M27 6PY. Tel No - 0161 7948483

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