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Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane opposes air strikes in Syria

Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane voted against air strikes in Syria.

The Labour MP backed his leader to oppose military action against so called ISIS, also known as Daesh, as 66 members voted with the government.

Opponents of the bombing fear the action will strengthen not weaken the extremists.

Attacks involving the RAF have now begun following the marathon debate in parliament yesterday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had argued that the case for war “does not stack up” and was supported by the majority of his MPs and shadow cabinet.

Opponents of British involvement in the bombing said it would raise the risk of attack in the UK.

Mr Corbyn said in speech: “After the despicable and horrific attacks in Paris last month, the question of whether the government’s proposal for military action in Syria strengthens – or undermines – our own national security must be at the centre of our deliberations.

“There is no doubt that the so-called Islamic state group has imposed a reign of sectarian and inhuman terror in Iraq, Syria and Libya. And there is no question that it also poses a threat to our own people.

“The issue is now whether extending UK bombing from Iraq to Syria is likely to reduce, or increase, that threat in Britain – and whether it will counter, or spread, the terror campaign Isil is waging across the Middle East.

“The answers don’t make the case for the government’s motion. On the contrary, they are a warning to step back and vote against yet another ill-fated twist in the never-ending war on terror.

“Isil is already being bombed in Syria or Iraq by the US, France, Britain, Russia and other powers.

“During more than a year of bombing Isil has expanded, as well as lost, territory. Those Isil gains include the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the Syrian city of Palmyra.

“The claim that superior British missiles will make the difference is hard to credit when the US and other states are struggling to find suitable targets. In other words, extending UK bombing is highly unlikely to work.”

But shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn said the international community was “faced by fascists and what we know about fascists is that they must be defeated”.

Anti-war demonstrations were held in Manchester and outside Parliament as MPs debated the issue.

Campaigners on the march to “keep Wythenshawe Hospital special”

kaneCampaigners against plans to downgrade Wythenshawe Hospital so it is no longer a specialist site for general surgery will be on the march on Saturday (November 7).

The Keep Wythenshawe Special Campaign which has cross-party support will be staging a march and protest rally, backed by doctors, nurses and other staff from the hospital as well as local residents, councillors and MPs.

The protest is in response to what campaigners believe is a flawed decision by the Greater Manchester Healthier Together process, which chose not to have Wythenshawe Hospital as a specialist site for general surgery.

Wythenshawe’s Labour MP, Mike Kane, will be speaking at a rally in Wythenshawe Town Centre together with Stretford and Urmston’s Kate Green and Altrincham and Sale West’s Tory MP, Graham Brady.

Mr Kane said: “We hope that local community groups, churches, councillors, children and families will come together and join us in a march from Newall Green Primary school (meeting at 11am) to Wythenshawe Town Centre.”

The march will be followed by a rally at 1pm in Wythenshawe Town Centre (just in front of costa coffee).

Wythenshawe MP calls on rival candidates to unite in opposing bedroom tax

kaneWythenshawe MP, Mike Kane has called on his rival candidates in the general election to unite to oppose the bedroom tax.

The Labour MP has made the call after revealing that 3038 tenants in the Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency  face the controversial levy – more than in any other constituency in the UK.

The charge is levied against anyone living in social housing who is deemed to have one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms.

Now Mr Kane has challenged all election candidates to publicly oppose the charge in the run-up to the general and local elections on May 7. Continue reading “Wythenshawe MP calls on rival candidates to unite in opposing bedroom tax”

Wythenshawe employer pledges to pay staff a “living wage”

Ed%20BallsWythenshawe Community Housing Trust has pledged it will pay all staff, including apprentices, a living wage.

The announcement was made when Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls visited Wythenshawe to support Labour’s by-election hopeful, Mike Kane. Continue reading “Wythenshawe employer pledges to pay staff a “living wage””

Former Wythenshawe councillor Mike Kane chosen to fight by-election for Labour

Labour have chosen former teacher and Manchester City councillor, Mike Kane to fight the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election.

Mr Kane who was born in Wythenshawe and brought up in Brooklands and Northern Moor, was selected at a meeting tonight (Friday Jan 24). Continue reading “Former Wythenshawe councillor Mike Kane chosen to fight by-election for Labour”