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This is Woden’s Cave in Ordsall, Salford. It’s where hermits lived in the Middle Ages. Now that I am approaching middle age, I shall be retiring here tomorrow, after I have spoken to Alan Beswick on his Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Manchester at 8.45am and explained to him that my novel about electing a Mayor in Salford is finally finished and up on my website, http://www.Salford.me/

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It’s not too late to make your mind up. The election is tomorrow (Thursday) and then – for the first time – the people of Salford will be electing a Mayor, (and not just the usual local Councillors). So, here’s someone who wants to be your Mayor? Wanna give him the chance? It’s up to you.

Make it big with ‘Mr Big’

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Apparently, ALL the candidates have put forward their version of how they want Salford to look in the new Millenium. I’ve found this one by the Tory hopeful. (If more turn up on the air waves, I’ll pass them on.) Meanwhile, keep calm, don’t panic, and don’t forget to vote on Thursday. If nobody gets any votes – well, it’s all been a bit of a big fuss, for nothing.

Manifesto from the Conservative ‘Mayor’

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Here he is, the other Mike Scantlebury. This is the Mike Scantlebury that’s skilled in art and design. Ah, that means he isn’t the one who lives in Salford and writes books. (Who knows, he probably doesn’t even care that we’re electing a Mayor in Salford in May. He may not. After all, looks like few people round here do, either.)

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get more laughable, the local newspaper has decided it would be a good idea to get all the candidates for Mayor in Salford together and let them have a debate, in public, where we could all ask them questions. Simples. Well, it turns out that only 7 out of 10 are going to be there! Keep it coming, guys. This started out as a farce, but now it’s turning into a real comedy.

Candidates left out of debate