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Candidates to local elections sign the Market Pledge

May 1, 2012

Candidates for the 3rd of May local elections in Leeds have been signing our Market Pledge. We have so far received over 20 signatures from candidates across different wards and parties in Leeds who have pledged that if elected they will halt plans to reduce the Market’s size and bring in the private sector, create a more democratic management structure, reduce rents and create sustainable investment. We have received particularly strong support from the Green Party and the Alliance for Green Socialism.

We also asked the existing 99 councillors to sign our pledge – regrettably, we have only heard from two existing Labour councillors, claiming ‘not to know enough’ about the issues to sign or only partly agreeing with the pledge. We also heard indirectly from MP Hilary Benn who said he generally supported the Market. But the we have heard nothing directly from the rest of our elected representatives, not even an explanation for why they might not agree with the whole or parts of the pledge. What this tells us is despite the council’s general statement that they “support the market” in fact their actions mean something different, and that we cannot simply rely on councillors to change course. It is clear there is a huge support for the Market as it is from members of the public and traders. It is in our hands therefore to support the market by making it our main place for shopping in Leeds and fighting against the council’s plans to make it smaller and bring in the private sector. After all it’s the People’s Market not the Council’s Market!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. J Howarth permalink
    May 1, 2012 12:21 pm

    Would it be useful to list the names of the candidates who have signed?

    • May 2, 2012 9:27 pm

      Thanks for your comment. These are the candidates that have signed our pledge. We want to make clear that Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market is a non-party political campaign group and does not endorse any of the candidates. What is noticeable from the list is the absence of the major parties in Leeds.

      David Smith Beeston and Holbeck Green Party
      Tom Mead Kirkstall Liberal Democrats
      Ross Bugham Armley Conservative
      Alex Sobel Moortown Labour Party
      Colin Noble Chapel Allerton Green Party
      Kate Bisson Bramley & Stanningley Green Party
      Stuart Long Kirkstall Independent
      Iain Dalton Headingley Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
      David Schofield Morley North Conservative
      Paul Denner Pudsey UKIP
      Audrrey Brown Kippax and Methley Liberal Democrat
      Stephen Hobson Armley Socialist Party
      John Ashton Crossgates and Whinmoor English democrats
      Peter Exley Burmantofts and Richmond Hill Green Party
      Jane Morrison Armley Green Party
      Mike Davis Chapel Allerton Alliance for Green Socialism
      Allan House Moortown Alliance for Green Socialism
      Brian Jackson Alwoodley Alliance for Green Socialism
      Gareth Christie Adel & Wharfedale Alliance for Green Socialism
      Azar Iqbal Gipton & Harehills Alliance for Green Socialism
      Dil Nawaz Hyde Park & Woodhouse Alliance for Green Socialism
      Simon Fearn Kirkstall Alliance for Green Socialism
      Malcolm Christie Roundhay Alliance for Green Socialism
      Declan Normaschild Weetwood Alliance for Green Socialism
      Jeff Miles Moortown UKIP
      Ian Gibson Beeston and Holbeck English Democrats
      Paul Hellyer Horsforth UKIP

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