I can be found on the Internet Chess Club. My handle is holtmild. Very fond of both main Holt's ales and a visit to Manchester is unthinkable without getting a pint. It did happen once, some years ago when I took my dad up to his brother's funeral and a visit to a pub was neither possible nor perhaps entirely appropriate.
I grew up with Holt's. The bitter really is genuinely quite bitter to those who do not expect it, and indeed that was once the traditional style of the area. The mild is excellent and thankfully they still do hand-pump rather than the smooth mild.
I'm in Robinson's territory now, and you don't see mild as much.
"People may say what they like about the decay of Christianity; the religious system that produced green Chartreuse can never really die."
Excellent, concise summary there for one of in my opinion most badly named constituencies in the country. Unpronounceable and doesn't represent the melting pot of diversity in between the two named places. Manchester North (and Broughton/Salford East) it ought to be. The name also precludes most from knowing even which city it is in, yet it just about includes Manchester Arena, the location of the tragic attack of 2017. For a City seat it also has swathes of green space in Heaton Park (one of the largest urban parks and features the highest point in the city, as well as hosting Parklife, which brings as much grief to local residents annually as much as the economic prosperity it may well bring) and Boggart Hole Clough, an ancient forest closer to the city. There is everything here from opulent detached houses in leafy Broughton Park to inner city deprivation and degradation in Harpurhey - once ranked the most deprived ward in the country. There is also the Irish World Heritage centre on Queen's Road (next to Metrolink HQ if I'm not mistaken) and a fair few Polski Skleps around the place. Cheetham Hill is trying to become a North Manchester equivalent of Rusholme, while Leicester Road is undoubtedly Manchester's answer to Golder's Green high street. Cheetham Hill also features a Driving Test Centre with one of the lowest pass rates in the country, at 33%.
There is no doubt Mr. Stringer has been part of the furniture here long before his election to Parliament and his majorities reflect his personal standing. A Brexiteer, fitting for a place that was estimated to have narrowly voted Leave - I can imagine all wards but Kersal voting leave. Turnout is now the lowest of all the Manchester constituencies and one of the lowest in the country. It wasn't uncommon to have less than half turnout in the old Blackley seat, and in 2019 at 52.8% was the 5th lowest in the country - managing to do worse than Manchester Central which is usually the lowest in Manchester (and the country). Part of this may be the dubious name (residents of Cheetham would not identify with or have any engagement with neither Blackley nor Broughton) and lack of student vote in this area, which of course has been going up recently and must've helped pull Central's turnout up.