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
Gavin McGill
Party
Labour Party
City/Borough
Bury
Area
Holyrood

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

Human made climate change is one of, if not the greatest challenge facing this generation. Inaction is not an option and I support a technologically innovative strategy to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions whilst maintaining and promoting high skilled and high paid jobs.

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?

Don't know

Although I am supportive of the need to eliminate the human related emission of carbon dioxide, I need to look into the consequences on pension funds further before I can give a full answer.

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

As a cyclist, runner, walker and public transport user I fully endorse the move to increase peoples activity in everyday travel.

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

As an asthmatic and father of two children who attend primary school, I support the aims of this proposal in principle. Indeed I walk my own children to and from school each day. My aim would be to maintain existing school safety zones and further promote existing schemes to encourage parents and older students to walk or cycle to and from school, aiming to eliminate the need for cars to idle outside school gates at all.

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



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

Don't know

This is another area where I believe we need a technological solution. Manchester Airport and the flights to and from it are vital to the Greater Manchester and North West economies. We need to promote technologies that will allow Manchester airport to expand at the same time as reducing the carbon dioxide emissions produced because of it.

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

If we are to meet our climate goals of zero emissions of human produced carbon dioxide, it seems sensible to ensure that new developments allow us to meet these aims. However I want to see solutions from industry which are both climate positive and affordable to the people that need housing.