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Election Survey 2023 – Summary by Question







	
	

3. Will you sign the UK Divest Pledge: “If elected, I will do all I can to ensure the council pension fund ends investment in fossil fuels within the next five years and invests in a just transition to a zero-carbon economy.”?



Candidate
Party
Answer
Response
April Preston
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"The Liberal Democrats have been historically pushing for this, for over a decade. Absolutely no issue with continuing this policy call and welcome joint calls with the greens to bring back divestment within our council chamber. "

Yes
Amna Abdullatif
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Sam Al-Hamdani
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"It was my amendment to Oldham Council that committed it to support divestment by the GMPF by 2030, and an interim report on how they are using their investments to encourage businesses to decarbonise (given that this is their justification for not changing yet). I had previously moved a motion for immediate divestment, but it was defeated by the Labour administration. "

Yes
Ahmed Ali
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Azra Ali
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Luke Allan
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Kathleen Allen
Green (Salford)
"How much do energy companies need this investment anyway?"

Yes
Dane Anderton
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Stuart Ardern
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"We cannot have a serious climate change policy within a local council unless we apply it to all areas where council has an influence. The LibDems have called for and will continue to press for divestment of GMPF from fossil fuel industries."

Yes
Renate Aspden
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jake Austin
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Stockport LibDems have made it a priority to call for divestment of fossil fuels - both at GMPF and at full council. I am happy to continue efforts to pressure this point should I be elected."

Yes
Jill Axford
Labour (Trafford)
"It is important that our pension funds are secure. It is becoming increasingly clear that investing in fossil fuels is not secure."

Yes
Elizabeth Bain
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Rayne Barrett
Green (Stockport)
"Good idea as long as funds are secure "

Yes
Seb Bate
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Diana Battersby
Green (Salford)
Yes
Grace Baynham
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The Stockport Liberal Democrats have been asking for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest itself from fossil fuel investment through a council motion and through our GMPF rep."

Yes
Leslie Bell
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Mathew Benham
Labour (Manchester)
"I have signed the pledge. "

Yes
Kobe Bibbon
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Louise Bird
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Peter Black
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Paul Blinkhorn
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Steve Bowater
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Margaret Boysen
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Phil Brickell
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Garry Bridges
Labour (Manchester)
"We need to make our economy less dependent on fossil fuel industries and to invest in zero carbon technologies. "

Yes
John Bright
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Gareth Brown
Conservative (Manchester)
"I would have to take advice to make sure pensioners get the best deal"

Undecided
June Buchan
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Grace Buczkowska
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Jacob Buffett
Green (Manchester)
"I believe investing in the fossil fuel industry is outdated and negatively effects the planet. "

Yes
Fiona Bullock
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Jon Byrne
Labour (Stockport)
"Based on the above infomation I support this I this would be the direction of travel I would work towards. However I am not a financial professional so do not have the expertise to confirm if this is possible within the timeframe."

Yes
Michael Byron
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Claire Byron
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Emma Cammell
Labour (Salford)
Yes
Brian Candeland
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Rodrigo Capucho Paulo
Green (Trafford)
"There would be a pledge against pollution. There should be a law against pollution!"

Yes
Christine Carrigan
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Rick Carter
Independent (Wigan)
No
Noelle Caruso-Kelly
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Asa Caton
Edgeley Community Association (Stockport)
Undecided
Josh Charters
Labour (Oldham)
"Yes – this is something Oldham Council has agreed to do and I would continue to push GMPF to divest from fossil fuels."

Yes
Kevin Chatterton
Green (Trafford)
"Unnecessary deaths such as asthma are a direct result of air pollution "

Yes
Adnan Chaudhry
Labour (Bury)
Yes
Geraldine Coggins
Green (Trafford)
"This is another issue I've pushed the council on since elected, including bringing a motion which was diluted before being passed."

Yes
Danny Cooke
Independent (Wigan)
Yes
Bryn Coombe
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Mike Cordingley
Labour (Trafford)
"In itself this does nothing to diminish the investment in fossil fuel extraction. It simply allows those with less scruples to exploit the profits. When pension funds pull out equity investment you can bet an Oligarch rubs their hands. Essentially it's posturing, but I do think the worker-beneficiaries of the fund should have more say, which is why I've downgraded to a 'don't know'."

Undecided
Robbie Cowbury
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The LibDems have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF through our rep and through motions to full council. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously."

Yes
Gaynor Cox
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Liz Crix
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Alex Crompton
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Majid Dar
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Will Dawson
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I'm.very supportive of this pledge, but 5 years is too rigid a target for a very complex issue."

Undecided
Mark Devereux
Green (Bolton)
"Withdrawal of funding of climate damaging industries is essential"

Yes
Jade Doswell
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Alexander Drury
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sam Dugdale
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Benjamin Dundas
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Sam Easterby-Smith
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Jess Eastoe
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Bernard Ekbery
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Elston
Independent (Manchester)
Yes
Shaun Ennis
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Ummrana Farooq
Labour (Bury)
Undecided
Sean Fielding
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
James Fish
Independent Network (Wigan)
Undecided
Rachael Flaszczak
Independent Network (Wigan)
Yes
Richard Fletcher
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Linda Freeman
Green (Tameside)
Yes
James Frizzell
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Anna Fryer
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Amanda Gardner
Green (Manchester)
"In 2023 it is unacceptable for a council built on green focused pledges to be investing our money in fossil fuels. "

Yes
Hazel Gibb
Independent (Trafford)
Yes
John Gillatt
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Kate Gilmartin
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Hazel Gloster
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"We have already raised this issue and encouraged divestment at Full Counil"

Yes
Chris Gloster
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Yes
Luke Greenhalgh
Leigh & Atherton independents (Wigan)
Undecided
Shelley Guest
Labour (Wigan)
"We need to be investing in clean, renewable energy."

Yes
VICTOR HAGAN
INDEPENDENT REFORM BURY (Bury)
Undecided
Thomas Hague
Labour (Trafford)
"Within 5 years would be difficult to implement but in general I agree"

Undecided
Louie Hamblett
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Have already called for Oldham to do this with the pension fund."

Yes
Philip Handscomb
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Joanne Harding
Labour (Trafford)
"My understanding is that GM are looking to divest - I am not going to sign something that states 5 years if it potentially impacts on funds of working people."

No
Richard Hardisty
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Stockport LibDems have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF through our rep and through motions to full council. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously. "

Yes
Dominic Hardwick
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The Liberal Democrats have been calling for this at GMPF and with motions to council."

Yes
Chris Hargreaves
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jayson Allan Hargreaves
Leigh West Independent (Wigan)
No
Garth Harkness
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Liberal Democrats have already called for this "

Yes
Julia Harrison
Green (Trafford)
"In these times we need to consider workers too so need guarantee on their pensions"

Undecided
Alison Hawdale
Green (Manchester)
"Ending investment in fossil fuels is essential. Councils must show leadership on this, otherwise how can they encourage local other organisations and businesses to take climate action?"

Yes
Roger Hayes
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
"I have already taken several initiatives on this, including a Motion in Council (passed). However the GM Pension Fund have been very obstructive."

Yes
Glyn Heath
Green (Bury)
Yes
David Henry
Green (Salford)
Yes
Amanda Hickling
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Mike Hill
Labour (Stockport)
"I would definitely support this if it was at all a workable policy. It is important we make the switch away from fossil fuels as soon as possible. "

Yes
Julie Hilling
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Deborah Hind
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sally Hirst
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Emma Hirst
Labour (Trafford)
"Our investments should be ethical"

Yes
Jeremy Hoad
Independent (Manchester)
"I agree with this in principle but it must be done in a sensible way that does not harm people and maintains the investment returns for the future. I would need to see details to ensure people are protected."

Yes
Paul Hodges
Green (Manchester)
"Divesting pension funds from climate endangering fossil fuel companies is another important contribution Manchester council can make to addressing the climate emergency"

Yes
Jamie Hodgkinson
Independent Network (Wigan)
Yes
Mark Hollinrake
Green (Rochdale)
Yes
Keith Holloway
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
" The LibDems have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF through our rep and through motions to full council. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously. "

Yes
Karen Hon
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Nick Hubble
Green (Bury)
Yes
Lee Huntbach
Green (Tameside)
"I have raised questions to full Council regarding this and participated in several protests by Frack Free Greater Manchester"

Yes
Mark Hunter
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The LibDems have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF through our rep and through motions to full council. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously. "

Yes
Khalid Hussain
Conservative (Bury)
"Protecting the greenbelt and the environment is everyone’s responsibility. But elected members must demonstrate leadership by advocating for the protection of the environment. "

Yes
Lauren Hutchinson
Green (Bury)
"I support this with the caveat that the funds divested from fossil fuel investments are invested ethically. There are numerous pension schemes with sound ESG credentials that ensure investments are invested ethically across the board, not just with relation to fossil fuels."

Yes
DAVID JARMAN
Labour (Trafford)
"As long as it is divested in a way that doesn't disadvantage current and future pensioners"

Yes
Mike Jarvis
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Dan Jerrome
Green (Trafford)
"The Green Party group at Trafford put a motion to divest from Fossil Fuels in the GM Pension Fund. It was watered-down. We will keep the pressure on our Council and GM to stop supporting these types of investments."

Yes
Alan Johnson
Green (Bolton)
Yes
David Jones
Green (Salford)
Yes
David Jones
Independent (Rochdale)
Undecided
Jilly Julian
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Absolutely. We have called for this as a group for some time. We'll keep pushing, too!"

Yes
Mark Kenyon
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"My colleague sam al-hands i has worked hard to push ombc on this"

Yes
Richard Kilpatrick
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"I have supported this position for sometime. My opposition have done nothing but offer hot air on pension divestment. "

Yes
Philip Kochitty
Green (Bolton)
Yes
David Lancaster
Labour (Salford)
Yes
Gary Lawson
Green (Stockport)
"Divestment at GMPF is long overdue and I will continue to argue for it."

Yes
Deb Leftwich
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Stephen Leicester
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jane Leicester
Green (Trafford)
"This is something that the Green party are calling for."

Yes
Simon Lepori
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Steve Little
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Joe Lynch
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Alicia Marland
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"This is already been requested."

Yes
Jonathan Martin
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Alice Mason-Power
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Vicky Matthews
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Su Matthews
Labour (Salford)
Yes
Anthony McCaul
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
James McGlashan
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Lee McStein
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
David Meller
Labour (Stockport)
"Again, I agree with the spirit of this. Yet the pension fund has a vital and legal role in ensuring those who have paid into the LGPS over a significant period see a return that will support them in their retirement. This needs to be done in a managed way with all risks considered. "

Undecided
Helena Mellish
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Mario Miniaci
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"I believe that, alongside voting, investment is our strongest voice in politics and the economy."

Yes
Meenakshi Minnis
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"Decarbonising capitalism is a lib dem policy"

Yes
James Morley
Leigh and Atherton Independents (Wigan)
Yes
Charlotte Morris
Labour (Bury)
Yes
George Morris
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Kevin Morris
Labour (Bolton)
"This has been a huge commitment by Bolton Labour."

Yes
Tom Morrison
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The LibDems have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF and through motions to full council. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously."

Yes
Emily Mort
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Dave Murphy
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Yes
Andrew Nadin
Green (Salford)
Yes
Chris Northwood
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Maureen O'Bern
Independent (Wigan)
No
Killian O'Brien
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Liz O'Neill
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Chris Ogden
Green (Manchester)
"Yes, Greater Manchester should not be investing money in these polluting industries."

Yes
Wendy Olsen
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Stuart Oxbrow
Green (Salford)
Yes
Michael Padfield
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Jihyun Park
Conservative (Bury)
Yes
Liz Patel
Labour (Trafford)
"The GM pension fund is actively looking to divert investment away from fossil fuels, something always overlooked by this campaign. I trust this process will result in some positive changes. Forcing through these changes puts pensions at risk"

No
Adrian Pearce
Labour (Tameside)
Yes
John Pearson
Stockport Fights Austerity - No to Cuts (Stockport)
"The negative, indeed hostile, attitude towards divestment, of some of the recent appointees from Stockport Council to the GM Pension Fund Management Committee has been a disgrace and an embarassment. If elected I will speak out for future appointments being reserved for councillors who have signed the UK Divest Pledge and for the appointees to be required to follow a mandate from the Council to work for divestment policies."

Yes
Chris Perriam
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Dennis Pirdzuns
Green (Manchester)
"Money invested in fossile fuel companies is harmful to the environment but also makes less business sense long-term than investment in renewable technologies which will provide better returns as their potential of expansion is far greater - let alone being better for planet and people."

Yes
Diane Plunkett
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Laura Potter
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Powell
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Yes
Brian Preece
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Shirley Procter
Labour (Trafford)
"Completely support this; we need to move away from fossil fuels to a green, clean energy solution."

Yes
Robert Raikes
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Chitra Ramachandran
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sheila Ramsdale
Labour (Wigan)
Undecided
Dave Rawson
Labour (Manchester)
"I have signed the pledge."

Yes
Shaughan Rick
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Rod Riesco
Green (Bolton)
Yes
Iain Roberts
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
Yes
Mark Anthony Roberts
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The LibDems have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF through our rep and through motions to full council of which I have played a part. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously. "

Yes
Luke Robinson
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Scott Robinson
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Joe Ryan
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Ulrich Savary
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Christopher Seed
Green (Salford)
"Hard to believe Labour/Conservative run local councils still support fossil fuel companies."

Yes
Will Sharp
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Pauline Sheaff
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Basat Sheikh
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Cllr. Richard Silvester
Labour (Bolton)
"This was a major issue at Bolton Council's Corporate and External Issues Scrutiny Committee which I am the Chair of and we took a year looking into this issue."

Yes
Martin Skelton
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jane Slater
Labour (Trafford)
"My union is a strong advocate for divestment and I will support this whilst protecting pensions in a cost of living crisis. "

Yes
Lisa Smart
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
Yes
Quinton Smith
Leigh and Atherton Independents (Wigan)
No
Adam Smithson
Green (Salford)
"I would ask that investments in arms and armaments are treated in the same way."

Yes
John Southworth
Labour (Bury)
Yes
Hannah Spencer
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Tom Stewart
Green (Trafford)
"This is another issue The Green Party has pushed the council on since elected, including bringing a motion which was diluted before being passed."

Yes
Angeliki Stogia
Labour (Manchester)
"I have lead the charge on this when I was the lead member for environment, action in this area is very close to my heart and has my unequivocal support"

Yes
Gordon Stone
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
"This is Lib Dem policy who have been key in proposing this. However, I am only standing as a paper candidate and do not expect to be elected"

Yes
Owain Sutton
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Steve Sutton
Labour (Bolton)
"Bolton Labour is already committed to divestment."

Yes
Paul Swansborough
Reform UK (Trafford)
Undecided
Lisa Swarbrick
Green (Salford)
Yes
Howard Sykes
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Have already called for Oldham to do this with the pension fund."

Yes
Sophie Taylor
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Cristina Tegolo
Liberal Democrats (Bury)
Yes
Steven Tennant
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Linda Thomas
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Lynne Thompson
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"I was a rep to the pension fund during a previous stint as a councillor and supported ethical investment. I also ban certain unethical investments in my personal pension fund."

Yes
Andrew Threlfall
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Ludo Tolhurst-Cleaver
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Steve Torley
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Charles Turner
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Maria Turner
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
David Turner
Green (Trafford)
"Absolutely essential that every body large or small eliminates its financial contact with the fossil fuel industry and invests in green technology to give the world the chance of keeping the rise in temperature to 1.5 C"

Yes
Lucy Turner
Conservative (Tameside)
"I know about the GMPF's position on Fossil fuels; I believe, however that the trustees are experts in their field and I trust them to do what it right for them and the Pension Fund. What may not be obvious to outsiders, may be a game changer for the trustees' care of so much funding. I therefore remain undecided on this issue, not knowing enough to back such a target."

Undecided
Scott Turner-Preece
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
Yes
Richard Tyldesley
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Dick Venes
Green (Manchester)
"I find it extremely difficult to accept that, despite all the 'carbon literacy' trainng that is supposed to heve been going on in GM Councils, Councillors and pension fund officials refuse to change their investment strategy in relation to fossil fuels."

Yes
Claire Vibert
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Debra Wailes
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Ashley Walker
Stockport Fights Austerity No to Cuts (Stockport)
Yes
Karl Wardlaw
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Samantha Watkin
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Dominic Wells
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The Liberal Democrates have been calling for divestment of fossil fuels at the GMPF through our representative and through motions to full council. We will continue to apply the pressure we can, where we can to ensure the organisation takes climate change more seriously. "

Yes
Jake Welsh
Green (Manchester)
"I have already signed this pledge."

Yes
Michael Welton
Green (Trafford)
"It is hugely disappointing that the GMPF has not done more to divest. Trafford Green Party have raised this frequently in council motions and speeches. Alongside the shocking environmental cost of continuing to invest in carbon intensive industries and businesses, there is also a strong financial danger to our pension holders due to the risk that the assets of fossil fuel companies can never actually be realised if we are to keep below 1.5 degrees warming."

Yes
Pete West
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The Lib Dems have been calling for divestment from fossil fuels through our representative at GMPF but it is a GM wide fund."

Yes
Margaret Westbrook
Green (Trafford)
"Green councillors brought a motion regarding this which sadly was diluted by other parties"

Yes
Luciya Whyte
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Anastasia Wiest
Green (Manchester)
"Absolutely, I think this is really important! "

Yes
Jo Williams
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
James Wilson
Labour (Manchester)
"This is something MCC is using its seat on GMPF to push for"

Yes
David Wilson
Labour (Stockport)
Undecided
Rachel Wise
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Annette Wright
Labour (Manchester)
"I have raised this repeatedly at the scrutiny committee and I am pleased that the Manchester City Council representative on the GMPF board is actively pursuing the issue."

Yes
Paul Wright
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Niall Wright
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Stephanie Wyatt
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Alex Wynne
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"GMPF must divest in fossil fuels, and instead take an ethical approach to its investments going forward."

Yes
Matt Wynne
Edgeley Community Association (Stockport)
Yes
aagash vadera
Green (Trafford)
Yes

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