The #Greater #Manchester mayoral election hustings provided a great opportunity to pose questions to the city’s mayoral candidates.
The insightful event was organised by the #GreaterManchester Centre for #Voluntary #Organisation. It was held at St Thomas Centre on 7 March 2017.
#Mayoral candidates in attendance included: Sean Anstee, Andy Burnham, William Patterson, Jane Brophy, Stephen Morris and Schneur Odze.
Members of #local organisations turned out “in strength” for the #hustings, presenting questions and critiquing plans of action.
Many gathered in efforts of gaining greater insight into the priorities and values of the #candidates. In particular, there was much focus on how candidates’ decision making would have an impact on #VCSE organisations.
Mayoral #candidates answered questions on: homelessness, housing, transport, exclusion of the youth from political decision making, #salary and #equality.
The Greater Manchester Voluntary Organisation (GMVO) opened the event, calling for “massive changes” in the #voluntary sector.
It was stressed that “if anywhere can make a more prosperous and inclusive city region then its Greater #Manchester”.
The #GMVO encouraged different sectors and organisations to collaborate with each other and work to their strengths.
Conservative mayoral candidate, Sean Anstee, voiced plans to value the community, bringing “people back from the edge of society”.
He said communities are “stronger when they work together”. Anstee will work to create a “global” and “more open” Greater Manchester.
The conservative candidate and Trafford council leader also said he would ensure that quality health and social care is accessible.
Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Jane Brophy said she “cares” about Manchester and is “aware of shortfalls”. Brophy recognises a need to focus on health, social care and mental health services. She highlighted the need to “protect the health of future generations”.
Brophy would also like to tackle the underlying issues of homelessness.
Voice for the community
Labour MP and mayoral candidate, Andy Burnham said he would stand as a “voice for the community”. He said that devolution brings an “incredible opportunity” to bring about change.
Burnham will create affordable homes – opposing the Conservative’s approach. Young people – who are often the target of cuts – will be encouraged to enter rent to own schemes.
Green Party candidate, William Patterson, said that minimum wage “needs to mean exactly that”, meeting basic needs. The Green party “values cooperation and consensus” and tackles inequality and poverty.
Patterson also said voluntary sectors and local authorities should work together to tackle the city’s issue of homelessness.
The mayoral election will take place on 4 May 2017.