Matt Gallagher

Liberal Democrat candidate for the Chorlton Ward of Manchester Learn more

LABOUR AND THE GRAPES OF WRATH

by Matt Gallagher on 03/31/2015

John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath is a classic work that won a Pulitzer Prize and is widely believed to have contributed to the author being awarded a Nobel Prize in 1962. In 1940 the book was made into a film, directed by John Ford, and won numerous awards, including two Oscars. It […]

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NUISANCE CALLS; THE END OF THE LINE?

by Matt Gallagher on 02/25/2015

There are some annoyances in life that we sometimes feel powerless to do anything about. For instance, until this parliament wheel clamping by many cowboy firms was little more than extortion. It was a Lib Dem MP, Lynn Featherstone, who helped put a stop to this practice and today it is not even a topic […]

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The internet is a marvellous creation that has changed the lives of millions for the better. It has an intrinsic power to do much good for humanity. The recent case of Alan Barnes, a disabled man who was assaulted by a mugger, is a good example. A Facebook campaign to raise £500 for Alan went […]

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A ‘VERY CHORLTON’ KIND OF POLITICIAN

by Matt Gallagher on 02/12/2015

Manchester Labour has a problem. They are trying to use the voting record of the Coalition Government to attack Chorlton’s Liberal Democrat MP John Leech. However, their difficulty is that most of the policies Labour want to blame John Leech for supporting are ones that he actually voted AGAINST. Right from the start John was […]

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Every one know the Liberal Democrats couldn’t deliver our policy on tuition fees. The truth is both Labour and the Conservatives supported higher fees, and as we did not win the General Election, we were unable to carry out our promise without backing from either of the two other parties. Although that’s no excuse, we […]

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PARTY OR CONSTITUENTS FIRST?

by Matt Gallagher on 02/05/2015

Recently, on the Sunday Politics show, Labour’s candidate for Manchester Withington strongly criticised independent-minded politicians. The following article from John Leech (who was one of two Lib Dem MP’s who opposed the Coalition Agreement from the outset – the other was Charles Kennedy), makes it pretty clear that May’s election will be between an independent-minded […]

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TIME FOR CHORLTON TO USE ITS ‘PEOPLE POWER’

by Matt Gallagher on 02/03/2015

My late Aunt Bridie lived in a small town in Ireland. She was one of those people who got involved in every committee and worthy local cause. A formidable, no nonsense, won’t take no for an answer type that officials and bureaucrats hate. Back in the late 1960’s, Bridie complained about the poor condition of […]

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THE SNOOPERS CHARTER AND THE THREAT TO ALL OF US

by Matt Gallagher on 01/27/2015

Why is the so-called “Snoopers Charter” back in the news? The simple answer is that many internet companies have been working hard to encrypt their services so that it is much harder for hackers to intercept and read our communications. This has prompted the intelligence services to ask these companies to insert security loopholes so […]

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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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