Salford Labour Party’s newly elected Mayor Ian Stewart is at the forefront of public outrage at his £69,000 a year pay deal he is set to take from the public purse, making Stewart the highest paid mayor on the outside of London.
Labour’s Stewart who was once an Eccles MP and who voted for illegal wars in Iraq, stopping inquires into Iraq, smoking bans and enforcing National ID cards, he has a track record in scamming the public for their hard earned cash and was caught up in the recent expenses scandal, where it was believed whilst on a similar pay of over £60,000, Stewart was claiming more than double his income whilst charging the taxpayer up to £18,000 for staying away from home and a whopping £100 on food to last a week.
No stranger to ripping the public off, Labour’s Stewart shows no remorse, ex-leader of the Council John Merry, who was blatantly stabbed in the back by his own members and named as the ‘monkey in a suit’ by Ian Stewart after putting his name up for the mayoral candidate after the public voted Yes at the referendum claimed £38,265 to run the council before the mayors position was made.
Comments from shoppers from the Salford Shopping Centres include;
Grandmother of three, Joyce Kerridge, 71, from Higher Broughton, said: “I think it’s disgusting. I think it’s far too much money. “Let's face it. We're getting a new mayor, but what was wrong with the old system.
I think this money could be put back into Salford. It should be spent on other things.”
James Parker, 69, a retired docker, from Eccles, said: “I think it’s terrible. We don't need an elected mayor. I'm on £103 a week pension. “He's on a lot of money. What does he do for it? What will he do for the city? I think they should give it to people who need it. Why should he get it? He's just a worker like me.
Security worker Paul Midgley, 38, from Pendleton, said: “It's disgusting. What will he do for the people of Salford? Nothing. “These people give nothing back to the city.
They would be better spending this money on youth clubs for the kids. It's always the fat cats who get all the money.”
Mum of two Sarah Potts, 43, from Seedley, said: “This money should go back to the community. Schools are struggling to stay open and hospital wards are being closed.This money could be better used.”
Her husband Ken Potts, 50, a driver, said: “It's totally wrong. It could be spent on other things. You could get two classroom assistants for that money. They're not daft though. They hear about what's needed often enough.”
Stewart’s first job as mayor was to appoint 13 deputy mayor, all Labour councillors in to a ‘job for the boys’ once in a lifetime golden opportunity, all the deputy mayors will be entitled to extra allowances for conducting duties for the mayor, It’s not yet know how much their extra money is, but it is expected between the region of £3000 up to £6000.
Labour’s bid to save the city £24 million seems a mere pipe dream away, Gary Tumulty Salford British National Party organiser says “The only people who are benefiting from this election is the Labour Party by coining on the taxpayer, why can’t he do the job for national minimum wage,
“It amazes me the 75% or people didn’t vote and look what happened, Labour get the scoop and win the jackpot, we must focus on exposing labour, and informing the public just exactly what they get up to.
“I will be writing to the mayor and expressing concerns on how the public feel about his pay package, I will urge the Labour Mayor to take a pay cut and fit in line with having Salford taxpayers’ money, We are at a time of financial crisis and we simply can’t afford to keep paying stupid wages out all the time, its not cost effective”.
If you are reading this and feel the same, then it’s time to make a stand.
Contact Salford British National Party on Salford@bnp.org.uk or ring 07909674006 and we will arrange a free information pack and for a local delegate from the branch to visit you to discuss what avenue we can take to rebuild Stolen Salford, which on a bigger scale is a part of broken Britain.
Letters of support, or complaints regarding the council, council staff who want to blow the whistle or even different political party members who are not very happy and want to tell us something useful can write anonymously to Salford BNP, PO Box 16 Salford M6 7PT