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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!

James Tomkinson
Tonge With Haulgh

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?


This is a good target. There are problems with the national governement and the need to work with other actors such as buisneses eg working with local governement to acheive this and demands would have to be put on them. But if we dont work to achieve it things will get worse it would be better to fall short of a hard target than to not try at all.

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?


this is a fairly easy one especially if the money could be invested in projects to benefit the area instead such as housing co-ops

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?


yes those with out the car should be supported even if there was not an ecological reason for doing so. It is simple social justice

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


agree with this in theory but would nt want to make the mistake of doing it with out exploring an improvements in walking, cycling, bus eg first to make sure it worked from day one.

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?


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


yes but some single use plastics are for medical purposes and we would need to keep those. We still need to strengthen support for proper disposal of all waste.

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


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?


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