Ben, aged 31, lives on Withington Road andhas been campaigning in Whalley Range for the past year. Ben’s professional background is in health and social care, including working with Manchester City Council to ensure people are getting the best from local services. He’s been part of the Manchester Green Party campaign since 2014.
He decided to stand for election in his local area because he knows a new voice is needed in Manchester City Council.
Contact Ben on 07421 093 498
"I have lived in Manchester for over ten years. For a day job, I work for Mind in Tameside, supporting local people with mental health problems and learning disabilities through community gardening. Before that, I worked in call centres, bars, cafes and day centres, and have studied at the University of Manchester, so I feel like I've seen lots of different sides of our city. I want to be a new voice on Manchester City Council, so I can fight for decent local services and facilities, better housing, cheap and reliable public transport, affordable energy bills, and an end to the high levels of poverty and deprivation that needlessly blight our city. Manchester is a thriving city but we don't all share in the benefits - I want to change that and ensure we get the city we deserve."
"I have been living in the Withington area for over 4 years now and I am honoured to be able to represent the Green Party in this area, with its strong communities and varied electorate. I have been involved with the Green Party for over 2 years but I have deeply immersed myself in it and have become passionate about our success. I am a chemistry graduate from the University of Manchester and have been very involved with the student activism associated with the University. Whilst at University I chaired the Manchester Student Stop AIDS Campaign which has drastically improved my understanding of activism, politics and advocacy. I am an active member of Manchester Young Greens and have been part of the wider Young Greens movement, including my involvement with the setting up of South West Young Greens."
"I’m from Manchester and have lived in Hulme for well over 10 years.
As Hulme Greens, we campaigned against the MMU Birley Fields development, objecting to the size of the campus and the effects it would have on the local environment, traffic and transport. Though built, the design of the campus was altered so that the majority of mature trees were spared.
We also brought to light the fact that local housing landlord City South Housing Trust was planning on introducing service charges to its tenants, in contravention of its agreement not to do any such thing.
On wider campaigning, I’m in BARAC Manchester which is part of the national BARAC network of black activists. I’m also part of the Northern Police Monitoring Project, which monitors the police and assists communities that experience police harassment and are under pressure from police misbehaviour and misconduct.
I have been part of campaigns within Manchester particularly, poverty and child poverty, Manchester City Council’s record on the environment and cutting services; supporting issues like the ‘Save the Alexandra Park Trees’ and ‘No to the Bedroom Tax’.
Manchester promotes itself as a global city but has amongst the highest levels of child poverty in England. Within that, Hulme has one of the highest levels within the city.
Manchester can do better. It can be better. In working to close the gap between richest and poorest, in taking honest action to reduce climate change alongside encouraging more jobs to come to the city, Manchester can take a giant step forward in looking after ALL of its people. The Council is pivotal in making this happen, electing Green Councillors is essential to drive forward that agenda."
"My wife Colleen and I have lived in Manchester for 44 years and in Burnage for 22 years on the council estate at Green End. I was an active trade unionist from the age of 18, at times a branch secretary and local wage negotiator. I have been involved and interested in politics since I was 20. I have also been active in leading positions in tenants association in Hulme, Moss Side and Burnage and chaired the campaign of Tenants Against Stock Transfer, which covered the Burnage area.
I was a member of the Labour Party for 20 years, a Labour councillor for five years and Chair of the Housing Committee for three years. I resigned as Chair when the Labour Council decided to abandon the Manchester Labour Party policy of providing local accommodation for homeless young people. Nine other Labour councillors resigned their positions with me and we were disciplined for voting against cuts in services and the Poll Tax.
I believe that a civilised society should ensure that essential services are publicly owned, democratically run and accountable. Manchester needs a proper system for consulting residents which will allow the Council to take their views into account rather than merely ticking boxes. These services should be paid for out of taxation ensuring that those with the greater riches should pay the greater amounts. There is sufficient wealth to ensure adequate incomes and services for all and to pay for bringing in cheap and secure renewable energy to reduce the effects of climate change."