Mayoral candidates commit to working with VCSE sector if elected

GMCVO hosted a mayoral hustings for the GM VCSE sector via Zoom on Wednesday 14th April.

The hustings was attended by three of the mayoral candidates; Andy Burnham (Labour), Simon Lepori (Liberal Democrats) and Stephen Morris (English Democrats).

All candidates emphasised the value they place on the VCSE sector and expressed a desire to work more closely with our sector. Andy Burham also committed to implement the GM VCSE manifesto pledges in full if re-elected.

The manifesto is the result of discussions and consultation with a large number of VCSE leaders and networks and was sent to the mayoral candidates.

In advance of the hustings we also asked voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations a number of questions via a short survey which helped inform the manifesto. The survey also helped to inform a poll which took place during the meeting and elicited questions for the candidates, a selection of which were asked during the event.

For those who were unable to attend the hustings, or anyone who would like to watch it again, you can do so below. You can also view the chat from the meeting here.

The results of the poll ran at the start of the meeting can be found below:

Question: What do you think is Greater Manchester's biggest issue? (not counting Covid-19)

(The issues listed were selected based upon main themes emerging from the responses to the pre-event survey and event attendees were invited to select up to 3 issues)

Candidates invited to attend the hustings were:

- Labour: Andy Burnham (confirmed)

- Conservative: Laura Evans (unable to attend)

- Liberal Democrat: Simon Lepori (confirmed)

- Green Party: Melanie Horrocks (unable to attend)

- Reform UK: Nick Buckley (confirmed, but was unable to attend on the day)

- English Democrats: Stephen Morris (confirmed)

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