'I'd like to see them telling the truth': What the residents of Greater Manchester town think about Starmer and Sunak

-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)

The residents of the Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency are frustrated.

Frustrated with the lack of change they have seen in their local area, many feel as though they have been 'promised the world' and yet have seen no difference.

The Manchester Evening News visited the busy Wythenshawe shopping centre to hear what they would like to see improved after the upcoming general election.

Many said they were 'tired of politics' with one person adding, "what's the point? Nothing ever changes."

This became a common theme around the area, with Francis, 77, saying, "I'd like to see them telling the truth in terms of the manifesto and to do what they are telling people that they are going to. Instead of promising you the world and then giving you nothing."

Linda, 67, was helping a homeless woman on the street nearby. She had just purchased a trolley for the woman to put her clothes in. "It is hard to believe that people are on the street today," she said.

She continued: "Its what's needed for the people on the streets. It shouldn't fall onto people like myself helping."

Amongst many voters in the constituency there was hostility towards parliament in general. John, 76, said: "After 14 years of Tory rule this country is a mess. Everything is worse under this present government and we need change".

"All they think about doing is staying power, and not what is best for the country."

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Duncan, 63, was also critical of the current government, he said: "They have let the country down."

As a shop manager he wanted to see an improvement to the high street. "They need to look at business rates."

He continued: "Help the businesses to regenerate the high street and use it as a community hub."

When asked about current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, people were quick to voice their opinion.

Sandy, an 80 year-old carer, said: "He is so rich, he has got no problems and nothing to worry about.

"I don't think he understands what help and worries poor people have," she continued: "He needs to get down and go into the poor places and see how normal people live."

John continued to criticise Rishi Sunak by saying: "A very rich man who doesn't understand what is going on with the country, he's clueless and all he wants is to stay in power."

With Duncan adding: "He's out of touch. It's a shame really it's supposed to be the management party."

Wythenshawe residents want to see more investment into the town -Credit:Manchester Evening News
Wythenshawe residents want to see more investment into the town -Credit:Manchester Evening News

However, when Labour leader, Keir Starmer was mentioned there was mixed reviews amongst voters.

Duncan said: "He has done an exceptional job considering he's turned the party around from what it was."

"A very steady and trustworthy bloke," added John. Whilst Peter, 73, thought otherwise describing him as "just a body."

Simon felt as though the Labour leader had "no guts and no balls," and added: "He has got no go about him, he's too indecisive to run a country."

The M.E.N. and Reach are leading a nationwide vox pop project called '5000 voices', speaking to people across the country about the issues affecting them ahead of next month's general election.

Our reporters will be travelling around Greater Manchester to hear from the people about what really matters to them. You can watch the public's answers to our reporters' questions in full in the video above.