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  • Daniel Simm
    Page: Feb 26, 2020

    Daniel J Simm

    Your Liberal Democrat Candidate for Abram

    I was born inside Billinge Hospital to a working class family of soldiers living in Ince. We moved to Platt Bridge in 2002 and I have lived there most of my life since. I joined the Liberal Democrats last year when I became disenfranchised with the political system in our country and I believe it needs change. The Lib Dems are the

    people to do it.

    Since the age of 17 I have worked as a radio presenter, and across the country, Weston Super-Mare, Southend on-Sea, and London. When away from home though, I always craved being back home Wigan.

    My hobbies include film making, I'm currently developing my passion project movie based on my mum's experience at Wigan Casino as a teenager in 1970s Wigan. I also love photography and I'm sure the various community groups I'm a member of constantly see me posting photos of trees and spiders!

    The facilities and chances I had growing up in Abram Ward do not exist anymore. There are young people with nothing to do and nowhere to go and this has led to an increase in crime and antisocial behaviour. I want to ensure that our community secures the future of youths growing up in Abram and therefore reduces crime and antisocial behaviour.

    I am passionate about these issues. I pledge that I will be approachable, honest and as a councillor I will do all I can to be the true voice of Abram Ward on Wigan Council.

    Contact me on Twitter: @DannySimm

    Contact me via email: dannysimmmusic@gmail.com

  • AGMGroupPhoto
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Last night was our 2019 Annual General Meeting where we were joined by Liberal Democrat Greater Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Kelly. The meeting was a great success where we discussed the year since our last AGM and new members were able to meet Andy and elect our officers for 2019/20.

    Elected officers for Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield Liberal Democrats, 20/11/2019

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By John Skipworth

    Lib Dems will invest £35 billion and stop Brexit to protect NHS

    The Liberal Democrats have today (19/11/2019) set out their plans to protect the NHS, by stopping Brexit and investing an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.

    The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax. On top of this, the party has announced a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st Century.

    The Liberal Democrats have also set out plans to tackle the severe staffing shortages across the NHS and end the current shortfall of GPs within five years (by 2024/25). This would be done by retaining free movement including for the 65,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, reinstating nursing bursaries and establishing a national workforce strategy to match training places to future needs.

    Announcing the policy, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Luciana Berger said:

    The NHS is struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic underfunding and crumbling hospital buildings. All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.

    "The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by stopping Brexit, and we will put a penny on income tax to raise an extra £35 billion for the NHS and social care.

    "We are the only party with a credible plan to protect the NHS, by tackling the staffing crisis, investing in mental health services, social care, public health and and making our NHS buildings fit for the 21st century."

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019
    By John Skipworth

    Liberal Democrats announce plans to tackle the growing number of long-term empty homes in Makerfield

    The Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allow Wigan Council to increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.

    The latest Government statistics show that there were 1,342 homes left empty long-term in Wigan in 2018.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2019
    By Stuart Thomas

    Liberal Democrats: A&E waiting time figures in Wigan show Tories' "dismal record" on NHS

    Only 77.7% of patients arriving at A&E in Wigan were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

    This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

    Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn't been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Wigan Stuart Thomas said:

    "It is shameful that patients in Wigan are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.

    "These figures reveal the Conservatives' dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

    "Labour or Tory Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.

    "The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals."

  • Article: Nov 13, 2019
    By Stuart Thomas

    Liberal Democrats to double spending on youth services in Wigan to £8,048,789

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would more than double spending on youth services in Wigan to £8m, to help tackle rising levels of anti-social behaviour. This would form part of a total ring-fenced fund of £500 million for Local Authorities across England to spend on youth services, providing young people with positive, safe and healthy alternatives to gangs.