Manchester City Council

All Through

The Council's Executive has its first meeting of the new municipal year today. It is sheer coincidence that, on the day the front page of the Manchester Evening News is filled with a story about the growing shortage of primary school places across Greater Manchester, we have a report with an innovative proposal to create a new two-form entry primary school and at the same time make better use of an existing building. The building in question is the Abraham Moss centre in my own ward of Crumpsall.

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Big Sky Country

In Leigh this morning. Last time I was there was over Easter to do a walk starting from Pennington Flash then following the Glazebrook trail across Chat Moss to Cadishead. It's a fantastic walk not least because of the vast, panoramic views afforded by the flatness of the Moss, taking in the whole of the hills running in an arc from the northeast beyond Bolton to the southeast beyond Macclesfield.

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Stayin' Alive

In my last post I talked about taking part in the Manchester 10k to raise money for the Christie. Just for the record I did do the run finishing in 44m30s and have so far raised around £1.5k - www.justgiving.com/richardleese2012 is still open though. I was running in memory of my mother who died of cancer eight years ago, but like everybody else, have lost dozens of relatives, friends, and colleagues to cancer over the years, some at a relatively young age. The sad death this week of former Manchester resident, songwriter and singer, Robin Gibb, who lost his battle with cancer at what is now the relatively young age of 62, is a very high-profile reminder of what a big killer cancer is.

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Shameless

Not the TV programme but an attempt to extort money!

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Doesn't take long

Annual Meeting of the Council today. After the excitement of the elections - us politicians get excited anyway- and the more widely shared euphoria of the last few days, it's very much back to normal. A new Lord Mayor, a couple of new Executive Members and the whole annual cycle of meetings begins again. An hour and a half before Council I had Executive Committee agenda setting meeting to agree the reports we will consider in two weeks time. Doesn't look a very heavy agenda but still time for that to change between now and the reports being sent out next Tuesday. Two different but related meetings/events today.

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Back and Blue

Local elections are now receding into distant history, but for anybody who hasn't seen the results, they are available for viewing elsewhere on the Council's website. I suspect that most regular readers of this blog will already know that, in Manchester at least, election night was a spectacular success for Labour candidates (including me) with, for the second year running, Labour winning every seat in the city. The Labour Party now holds 86 of the 96 seats in the Council Chamber, something which has concerned more than one commentator.

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