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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Chamber Gears up for General Election Campaign

By Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director at Greater Manchester Chamber

Greater Manchester Chamber is gearing up for the General Election with preparations for hustings style events in all 10 local authorities.

The events will give members a chance to quiz the candidates from the main political parties on key business issues and policies. The event will also provide candidates with an important opportunity to hear the concerns of the local business community in their constituency ahead of polling day.

This election takes place against the backdrop of one of the worst recessions in decades.

During this time the Chamber has been visited by Alistair Darling, David Cameron and Vince Cable, and each one explained to our members how they would tackle the economic problems that still face us. Our job as a Chamber is to ensure our members have the full facts so they can make an informed decision when they go to the polling station.

As well as posing your questions directly at these events, the Chamber is also inviting members to ask questions via Twitter and its dedicated email address: You will also be able to keep up to date with all the business issues during the campaign on a designated area of the Chamber's website:

For information on all of the hustings events contact Catherine Fleetwood on 0161 237 4451 or email:

Details of the husitngs events are as follows:

Bolton - 19 April, 5pm, Holiday Inn, Higher Bridge St, Bolton

Bury - 27 April, 6pm, Bury College Business Solutions

Manchester - 22 April, 9am, Abbey Business Centre, Manchester

Oldham - 30 April, 12pm, Bower Hotel, Oldham

Rochdale - 23 April, 8am, Broadfield Hotel, Rochdale

Salford - 14 April, 8am, Holiday Inn, Salford

Stockport - 22 April, 8am, Hallidays LLP, Stockport

Tameside - 21 April, 5pm, The Village, Hyde

Trafford - 12 April, 6pm, Warren Bruce Court

Wigan - 23 April, 12pm, Wigan Investment Centre

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