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Friday 29th September, 2017

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Bridge over the Irwell

Thought it was about time I got back to blogging after a break that's been rather a lot longer than my summer holiday ( now long forgotten ). A bit of a transport theme today. Currently on my way back from a Northern Powerhouse Partnership meeting in Leeds. Some great proposals on how we use the prime capabilities identified in the Northern Independent Economic Review to build a more productive North.

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King Cotton

Before I get on to that theme, I want to say something about the shocking arson attack on the Nasrat Mosque in Newton Heath. Our sympathies both with the congregation and the local community, but also, for all of us, a reinforcement of the need to take a strong line against extremism of any sort whoever it is aimed at, and to work even harder to build strong communities that stand together.

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The Deep South

Otherwise known as Wythenshawe. Went down to Etrop Court in the town centre yesterday to join a South Neighbourhood Team meeting and had a really good hour with them. Geographically they cover a pretty big chunk of the city, stretching from Whalley Range and Fallowfield south to the Cheshire East border, so even in a good hour they only had time to give me a few snapshots of their work, whilst at the same time, leaving a good chunk of time for discussion.

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Party Skills for the End of the World

Friday 7th July, 2017

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Good News

There is some good news but I'll finish with that. I'll start with yesterday's Executive Committee, the first of this municipal year, with as always all the reports available on the Council's website as well as a recording of the livestream.

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Not surprisingly the Council remains preoccupied with building safety, getting materials tested, making sure they complied with regulation and were fitted correctly, making sure buildings are safe including any necessary remedial work, and reassuring residents. As I indicated last week, there will be a full update on the agenda of this week's Executive Committee

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This morning Council Deputy Leader Bernard Priest gave a verbal report to our Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on what the Council is doing, working with the Fire Service, in the aftermath of the dreadful Grenfell Tower Fire, to ensure all the tower blocks in the city are safe, that residents and workers are reassured, and clear advice is given on what to do in the event of a fire.

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The Blog is Back

The General Election is over which means I can return to blogging although, after a quite remarkable night, it might not be too long before we have another general election, and as a consequence another period of purdah.

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General Election

The rules around publicity during election periods mean that the blog is now suspended and will return on June 9th.

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