It’s Up the Poll! 2017: How the General Election Affects You

It’s Up the Poll! looks at how the parties will affect your lifestyle

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: front entrance
Whether it’s our version of Brexit or domestic policies, the next five years could have ramifications for the people of Ashton-under-Lyne, a town that has been at the sharpest end of the DWP’s reforms.

As the General Election nears, we look at how the main parties’ policies will affect your lifestyle. Will your public services be properly funded? Is sealing the Brexit deal your biggest concern?

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Business and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on business issues

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
The reopening of Tower Mill has seen the return of cotton spinning to our area. Will its interests be considered in the next parliament?

Theresa May and Co have called this General Election on the grounds of sealing the Brexit deal. Is there more to this than our status outside the European Union? Will there be a good deal for small businesses as well?

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: The Environment and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on environmental issues

Chew Valley Reservoir Panorama
Chew Reservoir, seen in July 2011.

Continuing where we left off last time, we are looking at the parties’ environmental policies, and how they affect our area East of the M60 motorway. As with our previous instalment on transport policy, we shall condensing some hundred or so words into Haiku form.

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Transport Policy and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on transport issues

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.

With a week to go till the polling stations open, East of the M60’s It’s Up The Poll is in full steam. In the 2015 General Election, we looked at each party’s manifesto over a single day. This time, we are going to do things differently. Using the same themes we came across in the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election, East of the M60 shall do the same with the 2017 General Election.

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Greater Manchester Mayoral Election Results

Burnham landslide opens door to mayorship of Greater Manchester

Seven Sisters Flats, Rochdale
Housing was a key part of Andy Burnham’s manifesto pledge with a plan to cut homelessness to zero by 2020. The Seven Sisters flats in Rochdale, photographed in 2011.

Almost as soon as we heard about Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates, Andy Burnham was a clear favourite. As anticipated, the former Labour and Cooperative Party MP for Leigh was duly elected as Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on Life in the City Region

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on living in Greater Manchester

Sammys Basin, Fairbottom Canal, near Failsworth
As well as being framed by the Pennine foothills in the northern and eastern parts of the city region, Greater Manchester also has country parks like Daisy Nook. They offer a neat balance between urban and rural landscapes. Sammy’s Basin, as seen on the banks of the Fairbottom Canal is popular with anglers as well as walkers.

Being able to move around Greater Manchester, as well as employment prospects, and a clean environment are key to the city region’s attractiveness for potential residents. By car and public transport, the countryside or the seaside is an hour or so away. The Peak District is close to Tameside and Oldham. Blackpool is an hour from Bolton and Wigan. The polycentric nature of Greater Manchester offers great scope for a vibrant economy and a good place to set up home.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on the Economy

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on the city region’s economic development

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
Greater Manchester’s economy has long been associated with cotton spinning, but job losses in the early 1960s undermined this, affecting Oldham’s, Bolton’s and Tameside’s economy. Today (seen in this 2011 view) , this is Greater Manchester’s only cotton mill, which reopened last year.

Cottonpolis, or the Capital of the Northern Powerhouse: several names have been bestowed on our city region. The state of our transport system, and the environment we live and work in, has an effect on the economic wellbeing of Greater Manchester. Thanks to a shift towards service industries, the city of Manchester has become a popular place for short breaks – behind Edinburgh and London.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on Environmental Issues

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on the city region’s environmental issues

Towards Rivington Pike
Rivington Pike: seen in the distance is one of Greater Manchester’s best loved rural spots.

The environment isn’t only analogous to our city region’s transport policy. It affects the way we live, how we exercise, how we work, and our mental health. As well as affordable public transport, cycling provision, and our social life, it is also the ability to share green spaces and respect our neighbours. Animals as well as human beings.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on Transport Policy

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on the city region’s transport issues

Dennis Dart SLF, WA56 OAY, First Greater Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station,
Whether Burnham, Anstee, Brophy, or Odze are elected, the victorious Mayor of Greater Manchester will be able to apply a London-style franchise model to the city region’s bus routes.

Transport is an emotive issue in Greater Manchester. From the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway, to the Metrolink’s Second City Crossing, it is intertwined in the city’s fabric. For some, it is the story of failed hopes; ping pong between local and central government; and mothballed road projects. There’s more than enough to fill a separate blog post on the aforementioned subject. With the Mayoral Election a week away, we get to decide who’s going to lay their hands on the train set (among other things).
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