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!

Sam Al-Hamdani
Liberal Democrats
Saddleworth West and Lees

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?


Given the "issues" that there have been in global leadership on this – which were admittedly forecast at the time – it is vital that individual cities show leadership on this. Together, we can create a critical mass that will drive forward the achievement of the ambitious, but necessary, goals on cutting carbon emissions.

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?


There have been massively effective ethical investment funds over the past 20 years, and where we have the vehicle to drive investment through pension funds, they can push investment in industries, as well as be effective in providing returns.

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?


The Mayor's office was supposed to be brought in at no additional cost to the taxpayer, but has instead instituted an extra charge on the council tax. I'd like that extra funding to be used first, but if the effort was shown, I would back a contribution from individual councils.

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

Don't know

I would need to see evidence that these can be developed within the constraints of existing schools. I absolutely recognise the need to reduce the amount of pollution in the vicinity of schools. We should have all projects for new schools built to these standards, and target 'parking exclusion zones' around schools, but I would like to see the results of the pilot schemes, balancing the undoubted health benefits with such elements as child safety.

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?


I absolutely support the banning of neonicotinoids that are shown to harm bees, and am completely supportive of bans to support other pollinator-harming pesticides. There are neonicotinoids which were not considered high risk to bees (acetamiprid, for example) and the overview of the February study does not make clear any change to the status of this. I know Friends of the Earth are supporting a complete ban on all neonicotinoids. I would therefore support a progressive phasing out of those not currently banned as well as other pollinator-harming pesticides.

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


We have already had a motion approved in Oldham – which I brought to the local Liberal Democrat council group, and they brought before the council earlier this year – to phase out single-use plastics in our local authority.

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

Don't know

The ICAO CORSIA scheme is supposed to offset 80% of emissions from the aviation industry above 2020 levels. I would back a policy to ensure that Manchester Airport has to ensure that the airport had to offset all emissions over current levels, and had to ensure a phased reduction in levels over time, together with ensuring all integrated travel systems must include an emissions reduction element, to ensure that the expansion in passenger numbers results in no overall increase in emissions.

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?

Don't know

I back the principle that is being suggested here, but not the specifics suggested. For example. as of 2017, there were only six office buildings in the UK to have been awarded the outstanding rating under the BREEAM New Construction 2014 for Offices category. Insisting that all non-residential properties achieve that rating seems unrealistic. I would expect that there would also be legislative issues around insisting on a specific assessment scheme.