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John Mallon wins in Pilkington Park

May 23, 2014

Moments ago, John was elected Councillor for our ward. Thank you to everyone for your support during the campaign.

The full results are

Mallon, J (Lab) 1168,
Curati, P (G) 118,
Davison (LD) 102,
Parkinson, J (UKIP) 392,
Vincent,B (Con) 1149

Don’t forget to vote today

May 21, 2014

Today, John Mallon will stand in our branch election. He has served our community for years and stands a few dozen votes away from formal office. We thank you for your support and encourage you to show it today.

Pilkington Park’s Councillor Quits the Conservatives

December 11, 2013

Pilkington’s Park’s elected councillor has quit her party.

Cllr Michelle Wiseman was first elected in 2003 and has stood against Labour’s John Mallon.

Cllr Wiseman said she had disagreed with “recent decisions relating to policy and personnel” within the Bury Tory Group, but had been obliged to back the decisions.

In a statement, she said:“It has been a difficult decision for me to leave the Conservative Party but I feel that I have no choice following some of the actions that have recently been taken by the Conservative group on Bury Council.

“By becoming an independent councillor, I will be able to carry on with the extensive work on behalf of the residents of Pilkington Park without the constraints of a group whip..

Cllr Wiseman has said she will not contest her seat at the May 2016 election. She won the previous election by just 46 votes.

Candidate selection meeting

June 25, 2013

The candidate selection meeting will take place on Thursday 4th July at 7pm. If you are a Labour Party member in Pilkington Park and would like to attend, please see our contact pages for details.

The short-listing meeting agreed that candidates should have 5 minutes to address the meeting, followed by 10 minutes to answer questions.The five candidates short-listed are;

Sarah Kerrison,
Sumbal Khan,
John Mallon,
Edward Redmond,
Sarah Southworth.

Pilkington Park lost by just 46 votes last year. This is a winnable ward in Whitefield given our unpopular, under qualified and unsuccessful Tory government. Local government the biggest loser in Osborne’s latest cuts, so let’s make sure local Labour Councillors are there to make the best and fairest decisions for all.

Best of luck to all candidates.

Fair Credit For Bury

June 11, 2013

Last week, Labour Bury Women’s Forum campaigned against Payday loans and for Access to Fair Credit. Read about it in the Bury Times here.

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Members were truly moved by some of the experiences local residents had with short term loans and it is clear many lives have been affected by Payday loan companies.

The Women’s forum would like to see…

A borough-wide Credit Union to support fair lending, encourage responsible saving and allow people to invest in their community.

A cap on interest rates and focus on education to understand the risks of borrowing from these organisations.

A cap on the number of Payday loans or pawnbrokers on our High streets and consideration in planning and licensing to where these are sited.

Bury is the only borough in Greater Manchester without a credit union. Credit unions are designed to offer safe and affordable access to finances, in comparison to payday loan companies which often offer a high cost, short term alternatives.

With Bolton Wanderers recently dropping Quickquid as a sponsor people power really can make a difference!

Many thanks to the forum members and local councillors who attended the event, and special thanks goes to Stella Creasy MP and Council leader Mike Connelly for their support.

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Campaign Against Payday Loans

May 28, 2013

Labour Women’s Forum is proud to announce its campaign: ‘Fair Credit for Everyone in Bury’.

At 3.30pm on Thursday 30th May, they will be joined by Labour MP Stella Creasy to publicly launch their campaign against Payday loans. The event will take place on the Rock, near the old “Sol Viva” building.

Bury Labour is excited to welcome Stella Creasy MP, who has single-handedly raised the issue of payday loan companies at the national level over the last 3 years. Read more here

On Thursday we will be making the following appeals:

A Borough-wide Credit Union to support fair lending, encourage responsible saving and allow people to invest in their community.

A cap on interest rates and focus on education to understand the risks of borrowing from these organisations.

A cap on the number of Payday loans or pawnbrokers on our High streets and consideration in planning and licensing to where these are sited.

Besses Councillor Elizabeth FitzGerald says, “Bury’s Market and Town Centre is a valuable community asset and part of what makes our town great. Alongside Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Prestwich and Whitefield it needs to be protected from shops that target the vulnerable and take wealth out of the local community.”

We hope to see you there from 3pm, for a 3.30pm start.

It’s NHS Campaigning Week

May 28, 2013

Save our NHS – Public Meeting

Further to this article in the Bury Time

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On Wednesday, 29th May, Shadow Health Secretary Lord Phil Hunt will address this Public meeting, with a discussion and Q&A, about the changes to our NHS and his recent NHS motion.

This will take place between 7-8pm at
Manna House,
Irwell Street,
Bury,
BL9 0HE
(near Castle Leisure Centre).

All are welcome at this public meeting, so come out and support our NHS!