Matt Gallagher

Liberal Democrat candidate for the Chorlton Ward of Manchester Learn more

TAX AND TUITION FEES; THE FACTS

by Matt Gallagher on 01/26/2015

Stronger Economy. Fairer Society. Opportunity for Everyone. TAX 8.3m families will benefit twice from the Liberal Democrat tax cut, new analysis has revealed. Thanks to Liberal Democrats increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,600, these families will on average be £1,330 better off each year. Income tax cuts for working people were a top priority […]

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Manchester City Council has announced that they intend to close Chorlton Leisure Centre. A new leisure centre is already being built within walking distance of the Withington tram stop on Princess Road, and the council suggest that Chorlton residents use this facility instead. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons. • Small […]

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The recent violence in Paris, that began with the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo office and ended in a bloody assault on a kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, has generated fresh debate on a number of critical issues. Free speech, Islamaphobia, anti-Semitism, the response of the state and the long-term political impact of the […]

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In 100 days the people of Britain will have the opportunity to go to the polls and choose a member of parliament to represent them. This is already shaping up to be the most important election in a generation, and all of us will be affected by its outcome. The last election was in 2010. […]

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A new year, a new beginning. This is the hope that allows humanity to face the future after accounting for the loss, disappointments and failures of the past. Each year brings events that cannot help but shape our lives. Some will be intensely personal, life changing or affirming, keenly felt. Others will be played out […]

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JOHN LEECH, THE BEDROOM TAX & LABOUR SPIN

by Matt Gallagher on 12/20/2014

The “Bedroom Tax” as it is known, is an attempt by the government to limit Housing Benefit to the amount of rooms a claimant actually needs. The intention is to manage the housing stock better, to help relieve conditions for the 250,000 people currently living in overcrowded conditions. Critics have described the ‘Bedroom Tax’ as […]

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VICTORY FOR RESIDENTS, BUT WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG?

by Matt Gallagher on 12/17/2014

Back in November a number of residents on Cheltenham Road told me of their concerns about a ‘massage parlour’ operating at nearby 121 Manchester Road. Residents mentioned that strangers had been loitering in the rear alleyways at Cheltenham Road, and using the alleyways to access the massage parlour from its rear exit. They were satisfied […]

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THE MONSTERING OF HUMAN RIGHTS Adam Wagner, 19 September 2014 Adam Wagner is a barrister specializing in human rights and public law. He is the founding editor of the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog and regularly writes for The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Times on public law and human rights issues. The following […]

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Next month, if the polls are to be believed, 20% of Britons will vote for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Many will be unaware that they are giving their support to a UKIP-led coalition within the European Parliament. UKIP itself has done little to tell voters what the members of its coalition stand for, […]

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LET JUSTICE BE DONE THOUGH THE HEAVENS FALL

by Matt Gallagher on 04/16/2014

‘In the little world in which children have their existence’, according to Pip in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, ‘there is nothing so finely perceived and finely felt, as injustice.’ None but the most hard-hearted among us could fail to be moved by the accounts that have recently been published concerning the conduct of Cyril Smith, […]

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