2/02/2018 - Published by


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The newly elected Metro Mayors for Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City region, Steve Rotherham and Andy Burnham came together in Warrington to visit the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre and show their support for the Peace Foundation.

Steve Rotherham is the first directly elected Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, his remit covers six boroughs and communities: Liverpool City, Knowsley, Halton, St Helens, Sefton and the Wirral.

Steve has set an ambition to deliver a confident, dynamic and prosperous city region that will be a positive economic and creative asset for the UK.

We want to drive prosperity, encourage innovation and expand opportunities for people and communities in every part of our City Region.

Mayors Burnham and Rotherham talk exclusively to Warrington Worldwide: 

The Foundation is supporting him in that aim and working across the Liverpool city region, in particular helping women develop conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills. We launched our new project, young women for peace in the region and we are staging a major conference for women in Liverpool to coincide with International Women’s Day – REGISTER HERE FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN LIVERPOOL

Andy Burnham is the first directly elected Mayor of Greater Manchester and his remit covers ten major areas: Rochdale, Oldham, Trafford, Stockport, Salford, Manchester, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside and Bury – his organisation is called the GMCA – Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Prior to this Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001.  In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009.  In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.

His major focus is homelessness and he has formed an appeal and is taking action.

He steers the work of Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority, leading on issues such as the economy, transport, police and fire services.

Andy lived in Warrington and has been a keen supporter of the Foundation and works closely with us as we work extensively across Greater Manchester and play a key role following the Manchester Attack.

Andy has established two bodies: a review by Lord Kerslake – a non-statutory independent review of the events and aftermath of the Manchester Arena Terrorist Attack in July as part of his role as Police and Crime Commissioner; and, a Commission formed to tackle extremism & build cohesion in Greater Manchester

The commission is chaired by Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s lead member for young people and social cohesion.  Rishi is joined on the panel by Councillor Jean Stretton, leader of Oldham Council and GMCA’s lead member for equality, fairness and inclusion. Cllr Stretton is the commission’s vice chair.

The other panel members are:

* Nazir Afzal OBE, the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West and former chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

* Saima Alvi, Vice Chair of the British Muslim Heritage Centre, who also works as an RE lead in a local secondary school and has worked within the voluntary and community sector for more than 30 years.

* Shalni Arora, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, committed to social change for a better world.

* Nigel Bromage, a former member of the far-right group Combat 18 who rejected their ideology and now raises awareness of the dangers of the far-right and extremism.

* Professor Hilary Pilkington, a social scientist from the University of Manchester with an expertise in youth and radicalisation

* Darra Singh OBE, Government and Public Sector Lead at consultancy firm EY, who also chaired the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel which was set up in the wake of the 2011 riots.

The commission is supported by a group of local authority chief executives, including Manchester City Council Chief Executive Joanne Roney.

On the Lord Kerslake review, a representative visited the Peace Centre and we have given input. We have also challenged the recent interim statement by Lord Kerslake in that it created an unqualified criticism of the media intrusion, which we think was very isolated and sporadic, after the event and said it would put victims at the heart of everything.  We are writing to Lord Kerslake to ask him to review the way the next announcement is handled.

Kelly Simcock, our Director of the For Peace Programme has given evidence of our work to the Commission. A few of the panel members know of our work and have visited the Peace Centre.  We have highlighted our 2014 report, Rethinking Radicalisation, and the work that proceeded it, that we think helped create the resilience shown post attack.

We are now working in the schools most impacted by the attack and we are leading the #WeStandTogether campaign with the Manchester Evening News and GMP Chief Constable.

We are now supporting 750 people affected by Manchester including nearly 400 families.

The Mayors attended an event to launch the Warrington Business Awards 2018 and to show their solidarity with the north-west region.  The awards will raise money to support the work of the Foundation.  Thank you to all people who attended, headline sponsors Warrington & Co and Redwood Bank, drinks reception sponsors Carpe Diem and to FDR Law.

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