Now more than ever, Manchester needs a Green voice on our local Council - not just for Whalley Range, but for the whole city. There are plenty of reasons to vote Green locally, even if you don't in national elections. Read on to find out more about our hard working, local activists and the work they're already doing in Whalley Range - all year round, not just during election time. If you have any questions or you'd like to get involved in our work, please contact us.
My name is Issy, I'm 30 years old and I've lived in Manchester for four years.
I joined the Green Party in Jan 2014 as part of the Green surge. I felt very disgruntled with the Lib Dems after their U-turn on tuition fees having voted for them as a student and also really excited by the Green stance on austerity and funding for the arts.
I first attended an AGM where I volunteered to be part of the committee, quickly taking on the external comms role. Since then, I've regularly attended business meetings, represented Manchester Greens at public events and learnt a lot about canvassing during the 2016 local elections. I felt it was my time to do more for the Green Party locally and put myself forward as candidate for Whalley Range as I enjoy meeting new people and find it fulfilling and interesting talking to people from all walks of life.
I'm optimistic and energetic about the work we've been doing in Whalley Range around road safety, crime and litter, to name a few areas. My involvement with community and residents groups has given me valuable experience in meeting with bodies such as housing associations, council contractors and knowledge on how to source information and contacts within local government organisations. As a Green Party councillor, I'm looking forward to tackling the dominance of Labour on Manchester City Council and provide a voice of opposition and change. My communication and negotiation skills will be key in holding Labour councillors to account for their actions, or inactions!
I've worked as a sales manager for various cultural journalism platforms since living in Manchester which has taught me a lot about determination, working in very small teams, organising my diary to get out and about to meet as many people as possible and the importance of building long lasting relationships. To relax, I enjoy cooking new recipes, reading novels or attempting to do some gardening.
I'm 30 years old and have lived in Manchester for the past 11 years. Since 2012 I have lived with my partner by Alexandra Park. I love the area for its tree lined streets, the great people and the great mix of communities there is in such a small area. I'm active in the area as there is so much potential around here and I really want to help give the area the strong voice it needs to unlock it.
I'm frustrated by the amount of money the Council spends on the city centre compared to Whalley Range and Moss Side. There are roads which are continually flooding, back alleys which need attention, anti-social behavior which is going unreported. All this while the Council refuses to get tough on flytippers, too often fails to collect money from developers and spends money on projects in the city centre rather than helping the entire city.
I'm really privileged to be representing the Greens in the upcoming election. I look forward to continuing to work hard for the people of the Whalley Range and Moss Side.
My name is Stephanie Wyatt, and I'm standing as one of three Green Party candidates for council in Whalley Range in May 2018.
As a passionate and ambitious individual currently working for an environmental charity, I feel strongly about a clean and safe local environment for Whalley Range. A friendly, diverse and welcoming ward, I hope to build on the existing sense of local community during my campaigning activity.
I believe that the council will be most effective for its citizens when critically challenged and the best Party to do that is the Green Party; a Party that stands up for a society where no one is left behind, advocating for more affordable housing and an end to austerity.