Cllr Sean Anstee, leader of Trafford and Conservative candidate for the Greater Manchester mayoral election, has published his manifesto, pledging to get “our city working better for us” on transport, housing and health and social care.
Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary, accompanied Anstee at the launch, which took place at midday during a tour of Bury Black Pudding Company’s premises in Bury.
Anstee writes of his firm GM roots and business experience in his foreword, in an attempt to play the local card and put geographical as well as political mileage between himself and Leigh MP, Liverpool-born Andy Burnham, his Labour rival and frontrunner. Anstee writes: “I grew up in Partington, attended my local comprehensive, and started an apprenticeship when I was 16. I went on to work at BNY Mellon, an American bank who have invested and created jobs in Greater Manchester. This allowed me to complete a degree part-time with Manchester Metropolitan University.”
Responding to Burnham’s launch last week under the “Our Manifesto” banner, Anstee uses his four years of experience as a Greater Manchester council leader and a “From here. For here” strapline.
On housing, Anstee says he will create a Greater Manchester Infrastructure Guarantee, which “will mean that land can only be allocated for development once the required schools, roads, public transport and health facilities are in place.”
On the contentious GM Spatial Framework, which Burnham said he will re-write, Anstee said: “I will make sure the right type of home is available to suit your circumstances by ensuring the GMSF promotes a varied tenure of new homes, from affordable to open-market sales, from homes for social rent to private sector rental.”
On transport, he calls for Transport for Greater Manchester to examine the case for a Metrolink route to Stockport and other “under-served parts” of our city region. He also says he will “create a single investment fund for transport, bringing together different sources of funding to help co-ordinate investment in transport and ensure local communities get the infrastructure they need to make the GMSF work.”
The inaugural election to choose a mayor for the city region of Greater Manchester will take place on 4 May.