Amid disaster for Labour in elections across its former industrial heartlands, Salford’s socialist council gained ground – its mayor Paul Dennett writes for Tribune about the transformative policies which made it possible.
Like its near-neighbour Preston, Salford’s left-leaning council has put socialist policies into practice at a local level – and been rewarded with public housing, well-paying jobs, insourcing and a greener city.
Financial support is vital for millions this winter, but Greater Manchester’s standoff asks deeper questions about the legitimacy of a government which is bullying and lying its way through the Covid-19 crisis.
Nine years of Tory cuts have left local government in Britain on its knees with budgets decimated by 60%. Labour’s manifesto should commit to radical plans to rebuild our councils.
Since Margaret Thatcher, around half of all public lands in the UK have been sold off. The next Labour government must stop this privatisation – and rebuild our commonwealth.