Statement on Situation in Manchester

In the wake of the recent events in Gaza there have been reports of boycotts and attacks directed against local businesses owned by members of the Jewish community. Manchester Conservatives believe that everyone in our city is entitled to live free from the threat of intimidation and violence. We do not think it is ever acceptable for groups to target individuals on the basis of their race and religion. We therefore condemn these boycotts and attacks which have no place in a civilised Britain.

Conservative Spokesman welcomes latest rail investment in North West

The Conservative Spokesman on Transport & Tourism, and North West MEP, Jacqueline Foster has welcomed the latest investment in the region's rail network.Jacqueline was speaking after a visit by David Cameron and George Osborne to Manchester's Victoria Station, to see how £44 million is being invested on it.Across the North West, more than £400 million is being invested in the electrification of the railways - with £160 million being spent on the Liverpool to Manchester line.Jacqueline said: "It was great to see our Prime Minister and Chancellor in Manchester this week, as the latest stage in our rail investment plans become a reality, after just nine miles of track were electrified by the last Labour Government."By the end of next year, this massive investment will see an extra 3,000 seats available at peak times between the North West's two main cities, while stations across the region, not least at Manchester Victoria, are benefitting from a long-overdue refurbishment.

A Conservative Plan for Manchester

Manchester Conservatives deliver a plan for change.Balance the booksLabour run Manchester City Council has had free rein over the finances of Manchester for long enough. Despite the fact that the Conservative led Government has given greater powers to local councils over income and spending they are playing politics with local jobs and front line services Reduce the cost of politicsThe annual grant for Councillors in Manchester is currently £18,000. This is £10,000 higher than in Salford, and £12,000 higher than Trafford. Conservative Councillors would call for a reduction of allowances helping to spend your money on local services Weekly bin collectionsMany areas of the city no have weekly bin collections. This is part of the Council playing politics with our local services. Your local Conservatives will fight to bring back weekly bin collections. Improve street lightingSwitching to new forms of lighting could save Manchester Council up to three quarters of the city wide electricity bill; money that could be better spent on our local public services as well as providing a service that is safer and greener.Cutting council tax and business rates Last year Manchester Council decided to increase council tax by 3.7%. Manchester Conservatives are committed to cutting council tax and business rates in Manchester