A WIGAN political party has announced a cuts campaign which they hope will make them popular again.
At its height in 2004 the Community Action Party had 18 councillors on the Wigan Council but lost its last representative in the last council elections in May.
Now the group has been relaunched across the whole of Greater Manchester after a successful annual meeting, and will now be campaigning to drastically reduce the number of councillors on councils across the county.
Peter Franzen, the former Golborne councillor was unanimously re-elected as CAP Leader, and will be joined at their top table by Michael Moulding, a well known activist in Swinton and Salford, as Deputy Leader.
Mr Moulding stood in the recent Salford Mayoral Elections and contested the council seat of Swinton north where he came second.
Mr Franzen, who founded the Community Action Party in 2002 and spearheaded one of the biggest electoral shocks the Wigan Council has ever seen since it’s formation in 1974, said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and to campaigning and promoting our policies in Wigan, Salford and throughout Greater Manchester, Merseyside and beyond.”
Mr Moulding added: “I’m delighted to become Deputy Leader of a party that is made up of community activists, is not funded by big business and has an excellent record in Greater Manchester.
“The Community Action Party is already well established in Salford and this recognition by the party means we can go from strength to strength in Swinton, Salford and throughout the Northwest.”
Following the AGM it was decided that the Community Action Party will campaign to reduce the number of local councillor’s in all ten Boroughs by two-thirds and to abolish the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
This means that number of Councillors in Wigan would be reduced from 75 to 25 and in Salford from 60 to 20, leaving one Councillor representing each ward.
Mr Franzen said: “It’s a disgrace that many Councillors are paid in between £20,000 and £40,000 per annum even though they have no qualifications or experience, no fixed hours and have full time jobs.
“Many are non-productive and don’t regularly attend meetings and Councillor surgeries.
“Often these are the very same people who are voting to close our libraries, swimming pools and day care centres and put productive workers on the dole.”
Mr Franzen said that if the CAP proposals were implemented, savings throughout Greater Manchester alone could exceed £52.35 million.
And this would be “much better” spent on maintaining essential jobs and public services.