Pledges

Blears promise that she will use the power invested in the office of MP, and her skills, knowledge and experieence gained as Member of Parliament for the past 13 years, to make Salford, Swinton and Eccles better places for everyone living here in the community.

Hazel Blears priorities will be to:

– Get more for local people from Media City through a schools programme to
give local children a head start in learning the skills that are needed for media
jobs as well as ensuring that all Media City jobs are advertised to local people
a week ahead of being advertised nationally to give them an advantage.

– Keep maternity services at Salford Royal so that babies can continue to be
born in Salford. She will protect investment in the health service so people with
suspected cancer are tested and told their results within 7 days.

– Transform Eccles town centre by enforcing the ban on street drinking and
working with the Eccles Town Centre Manager to encourage shops back into
the town.

– Secure a bus service from Swinton to Salford Quays so that people can have
access to the new jobs available and share in the regeneration.

– Protect Labour’s £100 million for the schools. Blears wants the four secondary
schools at Swinton High, Oasis, All Hallows and Wentworth completely rebuilt
so the children have access to state of the art facilities. She wants all children to
have the best possible start in life by guaranteeing any child who falls behind
at primary school in English or Maths one-to-one tuition so they can catch up.

– Ensure our economy recovers, prospers and grows through fair taxes and
cuts to lower priority spending. By raising some taxes for the wealthiest
5 per cent the deficit will be halved in four years. Difficult decisions to cut
costs, inefficiencies, unnecessary programmes and lower priority budgets will
be guided by their values: prioritising families and businesses in the mainstream
middle, and the public services which they rely on.

– Fight crime and anti-social behaviour by making sure that Neighbourhood
Police Teams patrol in the places and at the times people need them. Blears will
continue to hold regular street meetings with the local police team to resolve
problems with anti-social behaviour.

– Help unemployed young people back into work by guaranteeing them a job, training or work experience, funded by a one-off tax on bankers’ bonuses.