Local Elections 2023 – what are your candidates’ views?
In the run up to the local elections in Greater Manchester on Thursday 4th May 2023, Manchester Friends of the Earth asked all candidates standing for election to let voters know what they think about key environmental issues. #LE2023
On 4th May, people in Greater Manchester had the opportunity to vote for the local councillors who will represent them. This year, due to boundary changes, six of the GM councils (Bolton, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan) were ‘all up’ – which means that all of the councillor places were up for election in those areas and people get 3 votes in your ward.
The local councillors who are elected will have to implement solutions to meet the many urgent social and environmental challenges during the next 5 years and beyond. These include rising energy, heating and transport costs, illegal levels of air pollution, low levels of physical activity, insulating our cold and inefficient homes and the urgent need to drastically reduce climate-wrecking emissions.
We wouldn’t dream of telling people which way to vote but we think all voters have the right to know where candidates stand on key environmental issues that will affect all our lives, such as the air pollution public health crisis and the need to create the jobs and skills training opportunities to tackle the youth unemployment, affordable and warm housing and the climate emergency.
Members of the public can find out about their candidates’ views and use Twitter to ask their local candidates to complete the local election environment survey.