Manchester City Council

Kagami-Biraki

Tonight we celebrated Manchester’s important and increasing links with Japan, by welcoming the Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Yoshiji Nogami to our Town Hall.

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Divided and United

The eyes of the world were on our city today as City visited Old Trafford for a derby match just four days after the 50th anniversary of the Munich air tragedy. There will be mixed feelings inevitably about the result of the game (for the record I'm delighted) but there will be no division about the moving Munich commemoration that preceded it. All Manchester can take pride in the wonderful behaviour of both sets of supporters as they paid their respects to the 23 people who lost their lives at Munich maintaining the minute's silence with reverence and dignity.

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Increasing Investment

A day of meetings today (what a change). Firstly with the other AGMA councils and the board of Manchester Enterprises, the city-regions economic development agency. The councils in Greater Manchester already have a strong track record of liaising with each other and working together to build the economy of the city region. And now, with working closely with Manchester Enterprises, it's good to see the private sector can joining this united approach. Then I have some internal city council meetings to get updates on various projects, making sure the investment we put in is bringing a good return for our local communities. And finally, a meeting about the developments taking place at Manchester Central, the new name for the former GMex and MICC conference complex.

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Manchester Respect

I'm honoured today to attend the service of remembrance at Old Trafford to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster. I was a youngster at primary school when the tragedy took place 50 years ago and for me it is a very blurred memory - a bit like the grainy black and white photographs in the Manchester Evening News commemorative edition, but for thousands in Manchester and millions around the world the memory of this terrible disaster remains fresh. Half a century later, the scale of the tragedy is not diminished and it's a tribute to our city that so many have paid their respects at Man United today in so many different ways.

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Local Issues

Being Leader of the City Council doesn't excuse me from my responsibilities as a local councillor in the Crumpsall and Blackley Village Ward of North Manchester. Local issues keep the job real. When you talk to individuals in their own homes or community groups, it keeps you focussed on what the City Council has to deliver to make Manchester a great place to live and work. This morning I meet residents in Anchor Court, one of Crumpsall's excellent sheltered accommodation facilities, to talk about how their immediate area can be improved.

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Inspiring and Selfless

Youngsters today get criticised on many fronts, and sometimes deservedly so. As a city, we don't tolerate anti-social behaviour and lack of respect and because we have been prepared to take tough action we are now beginning to see real improvements in overall behaviour in Manchester. Even then we mustn't forget that it's only a small minority of troublemakers responsible for the anti-social behaviour and nuisance that blights too many areas and actually many more of our young people are living helpful, enthusiastic lifestyles that are a credit to their families and carers.

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