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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!

Liz Spencer
Bromley Cross

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?


I attended the recent Green Summit and am reasonably familiar with the science related to carbon, global warming and with the objectives of the Paris Agreement

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?


These funds should be directed to the development of renewable technologies and to investing in the infrastructure to make them the default energy supply

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?


We need to work towards walking and cycling being the preferred travel choice for all ages and abilities. The benefits are indisputable in terms of air pollution, general health, community cohesion etc

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


Such a policy must contain exemptions for individuals according to need. Schools and other educational establishments set life habits!

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?


The evidence around the effects of mass pesticides administration is becoming clearer by the day. Pollinators are essential to the functionality of eco systems and food chains yet they are declining at an alarming rate! Of course local councils must lead on the elimination of pesticides

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


This really should be an easy win as the general public are so on board. Any phasing out should be very short as alternatives already exist so there is no reason not to act on this immediately

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?


There is no reason not to act on this immediately as the necessary technology and materials exist to do this right now. It should apply to all new building

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