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'We need honesty': The affluent South Manchester neighbourhood urging change

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In the leafy suburbs of South Manchester there’s one thing locals can agree on - and that’s the need for change. “We need honesty and integrity,” says Pete, 71, who stopped to chat with the Manchester Evening News about the upcoming general election. “We’re done with the lies and the government needs to start telling the truth.” The NHS, local education, opportunities and crowding on the roads are just some of the many issues residents in Didsbury feel are important coming up to the general election on July 4. READ MORE: Everything in the Tory party general election manifesto unveiled by Rishi Sunak “It’s an affluent area here,” says Geraldine.

She points to the bustling shops and activity around us and adds: “But it doesn’t mean money is being spent wisely. There’s lots of funding that needs to be distributed and spent more widely to go into our standard of health care and public transport. “The government needs better management and fewer managers - give us some stability on the ground.” We travelled to the Manchester suburb to find out what’s important to the local residents and businesses, in the Manchester Withington constituency.

Lloyd, 27, from Didsbury, said: “People don’t take their jobs seriously anymore. “We need to see a change and our government doing the best they can to the best of their ability.” We are leading a country-wide, video-led mass vox pop approach dubbed '5000 Voices' in covering the upcoming General Election 2024.

MEN reporters are now travelling across the region to canvass local opinion on the issues of the day. From boroughs to wards in Greater Manchester we will not be asking how people will vote, but their views on issues that will determine how they vote.

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