"The Community Action Party Prepares For Campaigns Ahead! Sack the Councillors not the workers”
At the Community Action Party Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 12th June Peter Franzen was unanimously re-elected as leader and Michael Moulding ( Salford ) was unanimously elected as Deputy Leader.
Peter Franzen who founded the Community Action Party in 2002 and spearheaded the election of 18 Councillors in Wigan in 2004 said:“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and to campaigning and promoting our policies in Wigan, Salford and throughout Greater Manchester, Merseyside and beyond."
Michael Moulding, a well known activist in Swinton & Salford, stood in the recent Salford Mayoral elections and contested the Council seat of Swinton North where he came second.
Michael Moulding Deputy Leader of the Community Action Party said:
"I’m delighted to become Deputy Leader of a party that is made up of community activists, is not funded by big business and has an excellent record in Greater Manchester. The Community Action Party is already well established in Salford and this recognition by the party means we can go from strength to strength in Swinton, Salford and throughout the Northwest."
Following the AGM it was decided that the Community Action Party will campaign throughout the whole of Greater Manchester to reduce the number of local councillor's in all ten Boroughs by two-thirds and to abolish the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
This means that number of Councillors in Wigan would be reduced from 75 to 25 and in Salford from 60 to 20, leaving one Councillor representing each ward.
Community Action Party Leader Peter Franzen said:
“It’s a disgrace that many Councillors are paid in between £20,000 and £40,000 per annum even though they have no qualifications or experience, no fixed hours and have full time jobs. Many are non-productive and don’t regularly attend meetings and Councillor surgeries. The multitude of husband and wife Councillors often take it in turn to attend meetings and surgeries but still receive their full allowances and expenses.
Often these are the very same people who are voting to close our libraries, swimming pools and day care centres and put productive workers on the dole.”
If our proposals are implemented savings throughout Greater Manchester alone could exceed £52.35 million, which would be better spent on maintaining essential jobs and public services”.
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