Manchester City Council

Europe and Manchester

At today's City Council Executive meeting, following a minutes silence in respect for the victims of terrorism in Istanbul, for Jo Cox and for all the other victims of terrorism since the committee last met, I made the following statement on the outcome of the EU referendum.

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DisUK

Referendum over. A clear victory for Leave but still no clue to what happens next. If we are to avoid a flight of investment and a loss of jobs, what is needed is quick and decisive action from government.

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The Modern City

I'm writing this post from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority offices in Leeds following meetings of Transport for the North, the Association of Rail North Partnership Authorities, and a brief Rail North Ltd Board meeting, all far more interesting than they probably sound. At 4pm I'm dialling into a LGA task and finish group on business rate localisation before getting the train to Hull where I'm speaking at a Humberside business summit.

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Collaboration and Integration - the way to a Healthier Manchester

During the course of last year, Manchester's Health and Well-Being Board started the process of developing its Locality Plan, it's route to integrating and improving Health and Care services in the city, as part of proposals to improve services across the whole of Greater Manchester. Our locality plan is built on three pillars, a single commissioning function, a single out of hospital service, and a single hospital service.

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In or Out? In !

This is pretty much my last chance to blog about Europe as we are about to enter the period of " purdah " which will proceed the European referendum. My personal position is to very strongly support staying in the European Union. That's a position overwhelming shared by the City Council and by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

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Sticking with Diversity

This very much follows on from my last post. This Wednesday saw the Annual Meeting of the Council. The Annual Meeting does a number of things including electing the Council Leader ( me again, sorry ) and making any necessary amendments to the Council's constitution ( and there always are some ). However it is probably better known for the Mayor making ceremony as each year the Council elects a new Lord Mayor.

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Make-up

This is my first blog since last week's local elections and thought I would say something about the composition of the Council. Not the political composition, although that, with the election of a Liberal Democrat councillor, has changed. It is nowhere near the most significant change.

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Hungary and Holland

Going to take brief excerpts from three different days this week. On Tuesday, the Lord Mayor and the Hungarian Ambassador unveiled a plaque celebrating the visit to Manchester of Lajos Kossuth in 1851in a ceremony in the Sculpture Hall. Unless you're Hungarian suspect you're now asking Lagos who? Lagos Kossuth was a Hungarian statesman and fighter for democracy who led a failed revolt against the Hapsburg Empire in 1848 seeking to introduce a British style constitutional democracy to an independent Hungary. When he came to Manchester he was greated by tens of thousands of people who lined the streets all the way from Piccadilly Station to near Strangeways all trying to get a glimpse of him. Difficult to imagine now!

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Welcome Back

A few words about Europe, more specifically the referendum on whether the UK stays in the EU or floats off to outer space. This has been discussed by both our Economy Scrutiny Committee,who received presentations both from Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry and from the Institute of Directors, where in both cases member surveys indicated roughly 2 to 1 support for staying in, and the Executive Committee, in the current meeting cycle.

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Piccadilly Gardens

I'm going to risk a bit more controversy but getting my defence in first, let me say that I would be the first to acknowledge that, as city centre Councillor Kevin Peel put it at the last meeting of the Economy Scrutiny Committee, Piccadilly Gardens is in desperate need of some tlc. I do though still find this week's Manchester Evening News petition on the subject somewhat curious.

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