Local Election 2012
North Middleton Ward
North Middleton is strong Labour and people are proud to vote Labour.
Being a new candidate, I am full of energy and enthusiasm to join the Labour team in Middleton and know that by working together we can continue to achieve the best for local people. It is only with Labour effort that we can combat some of the worst cuts we have suffered since the Thatcher Years; with Westminster damaging the NHS and preventing growth for jobs; we need to stick together.
I am in favour of improving the local environment and promoting more opportunities in Middleton; I am particularly proud of the labour-led council which has preserved nursery provision at Sure Start and our Libraries. Middleton’s historic Library is underway with its refurbishment and access for older and disabled people is included. I emphasize how Labour’s Schools Building Programme has made a difference in Middleton. As a councillor I shall be promoting the work of the Local Heritage and Community Groups; their contributions were acknowledged at Middleton Township earlier this year.
Canvassing here across North Middleton, I recognise the determination of local people to press for better roads; I have already reported several pot-holes in Boarshaw which are in need of repair. Alongside roads, I also endorse better transport links to connect Middleton to Manchester hospitals which is being developed by existing Labour councillors. First in the borough, Middleton is installing new street lighting and the re- juvenated Central Gardens now has a much smarter look. I have met with the Youth Service a few times and have attended a local PACT meeting on Stanycliffe Lane to put forward the views of vulnerable people whom I work with.
I have worked here in Middleton as a High School French teacher in the past and more recently as an advocacy co-ordinator for adults with learning disabilities who are seeking to be more independent and have more choice in life. I recently attended a Listening Event for Equality at Middleton Arena with a group who were keen to find out how the services are accessible to all. I regularly deal with casework via advocacy and have been used to encouraging people to resolve their issues and participate more in the community.
I am part of an initiative to offer support to homeless people in the borough; I am on the board of a small housing association and take part in local charities to help families in need. Part of my job as councillor will be to get information to people in the ward and make the process of local government transparent and open to you, the voters.
I am a family person and strong minded when it comes to the role of women and social justice. Labour is the only party which believes in opportunities and fairness for all.
Vote for Labour, Vote for Pat Greenall