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!

Name
Lynne Thompson
Party
Liberal Democrats
City/Borough
Oldham
Area
Failsworth West

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?

Yes

Climate change is the #1 threat to our future. Time for some measures with teeth.

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?

Yes

It should keep out of nuclear power too. We are not in full control of the waste.

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



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

Yes

But there have to be realistic facilities for people who live right near a city school.

Question 5
Biodiversity
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?

Yes



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

Yes

Oldham Council has adopted a Liberal Democrat motion to introduce local measures on single use plastics.

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

Yes

To be effective, it needs to be part of a national strategy involving rail travel, less polluting aircraft, electronic conferencing, holidays in Britain etc. If it simply diverts flights to eg Liverpool, it will just generate more journeys on the M62 and damage Manchester's economy.

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?

Yes

May need some subsidy or loan (repayable from fuel savings) system for affordable homes so as not to price low-income families out of the market. Reinstate the Green Deal. Better still, why not use the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to encourage smaller homes rather than the executive homes which seem set to dominate Green Belt areas?