Manchester Conservatives Manifesto 2016


Dear Resident,


The Conservative Party has done a lot of good things for Manchester in recent years.

 Since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010, the Conservative Party has supported families and businesses in Manchester by creating jobs and cutting income tax. We have delivered apprenticeships and invested in schools and the NHS. We have helped people onto the housing ladder thanks to the Help to Buy scheme. And by investing in infrastructure such as the Metrolink, and by investing in science and hi-tech industries, the Conservatives are fulfilling the exciting vision of Manchester as the centrepiece of the Northern Powerhouse.  

 But the Conservatives want to do more for Mancunians. After years of a Labour-controlled council in Manchester, many people are frustrated. Whether it’s the poor state of our roads or the failure to tackle homelessness in the city centre, the people of Manchester feel let down. Manchester Conservatives share your concerns. A Labour monopoly in Manchester Town Hall means there is no opposition. And no opposition means less scrutiny and less debate. We want a truly democratic council that works to achieve a better Manchester for everyone.

 Manchester Conservatives believe in livable and affordable communities, as well as a competitive and dynamic local economy. In this manifesto we set out how we’d help with the cost of living, how we intend to reward hard-working individuals and families, how we hope to protect the most vulnerable, and how we want to make our city more affordable and cleaner.

 Manchester is a great city – and by voting Conservative, you can make it even better.


 Manchester Conservative Pledges


We will


  • Undertake a review of planning permission rules to encourage house building companies to create more starter homes for families who want to get onto the housing ladder;


  • Help you keep more of your earnings by freezing council tax this year and keeping it as low as possible in the future years;


  • Campaign for lower business rates in Manchester so that employers can afford to create more jobs;


  • Make Manchester cleaner by establishing weekly rubbish collections and cracking down on fly-tipping;


  • Give young people the best start in life by encouraging the creation of free schools, which are funded by the government and are not run by the local council. Free schools can be set up by charities, universities, parents, faith groups, teachers and businesses;


  • Improve mental health support and reduce homelessness in the city centre by cooperating with charities, religious organisations and private initiatives;


  • Cut waste and expenditure on costly city centre events, which are a drain on resources and cause traffic chaos;


  • Look into reducing the number of bus lanes to ease traffic congestion;


  • Push for free city centre car parking from 6:30 pm (instead of the current time of 8pm);


  • Undertake a cost-benefit review of all property owned by the council that is either underused or empty.