Local Election Survey 2018 – Candidates

We’re surveying candidates in Greater Manchester for the 2018 election. Find out more about the survey.

Below is a summary of the responses across the areas of Greater Manchester. Where a candidate has already responded, you can see their response. If your candidates haven’t yet responded, follow the Twitter link to ask them to!

Alastair Dewberry
Green Party

Question 1
Climate Change
Do you agree that Greater Manchester should adopt the Tyndall Centre’s science-based carbon budgets, set targets to halve the region’s emissions in the next five years and become carbon neutral by 2038?


We need urgent action to minimise the damage caused by global emissions. The solutions exist but without the political will to drive them forward we are taking great risks with our future.

Question 2
Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Do you agree that the Greater Manchester Pension Fund should fully divest from fossil fuels in the next five years?


As well as the obvious arguments for supporting green energy, there are sound political, financial and national security reasons for divesting from the fossil fuel economy

Question 3
Walking and Cycling
Will you support your local council allocating funding to implement the walking and cycling (active travel) measures contained in Chris Boardman's ‘Made to Move’ report?


Active travel provides multiple benefits when compared to other forms of transport and would be the preferred choice of many people if routes and facilities were improved

Question 4
Air Quality
Will you call on your local council to introduce ‘parking exclusion zones’ around local schools at peak times?


I believe other initiatives to help parents get their children safely to school may be more effective but this would help congestion and pollution in the immediate vicinity of the school

Question 5
Will you support a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in your local council area and work to phase out the use of other pollinator-harming pesticides?


Ecological systems find a natural balance between pests, predators and plants. We should attempt to work with these natural mechanisms rather than relying on industrial/chemical methods which bring along their own set of undesirable consequences.

Question 6
Will you support the phase-out of single-use plastics in your local authority by 2020?


We should rethink our dependence on all plastics where more environmentally sympathetic materials can be developed and substituted

Question 7
Will you support the introduction of a cap on emissions from flights to and from Manchester Airport?


Fossil fuel journeys of all transport modes should be considered and reduced where possible, including, air travel and from all airports.

Question 8
Energy Efficiency
Do you support the introduction of a GM-wide building standard for all new developments to be zero-carbon and climate resilient?


All new buildings should be designed to require no active heating and this should be enforced through legislation (ideally national). There should also be greater incentives for all buildings to generate their own electricity and collect rain/gray water for internal use.