Greater Manchester Mayor – Andy Burnham 100 days

Jen Williams is continually showing that great journalism doesn’t have to be London based. It’s worth reading the linked article from the Manchester Evening News. On the mayor, I haven’t changed my view. Only someone of the stature of Andy Burnham has a chance of making it work. But it’s still going to be difficult. […]

Some Current Casework

Just a flavour of some of my current casework. I’ve removed names from an email I’ve sent. Euroterminal – I’ve been approached separately by a few people regarding increased noise, particularly in evenings and night. There seems to be increased noise from stationery trains close to the football stadium. This will be exclusively at night […]

Scrutiny – July 2017

Scrutiny Our first scrutiny meeting of the council year was on Wednesday last week. 2017/18 Scrutiny Committee Work Programme Executive’s Response to the Task & Finish Group Review into the Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) Process in Trafford Executive’s Response to the Task and Finish Group Review of the Joint Venture Contract between Trafford […]


18th April 11am – Anne Duffield calls me “Have you seen the news? Theresa is going for the 8th June!” “Oh ****!” We’re already campaigning hard for Andy Burnham for Mayor and over in Altrincham for a council by-election. The polls are abysmal; and worse… I’m on record as wanting an early General Election. I’ve […]

Everything is Fine at Trafford Council!

Things are getting really bad in Trafford! The honest assessment as I see it is that Trafford is almost at breaking point. You've seen the figures that show delayed discharges from hospital put Trafford in the bottom two of the league table for the whole country. Those are real figures, not some tame consultancy's award. […]