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Preventing hateful extremism and promoting social cohesion

Preventing Hateful Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion Commission

In September 2017, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, set up an independent commission to consider how to tackle hateful extremism, social exclusion and radicalisation.

The Commission is chaired by Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, and GMCA's lead member for young people and social cohesion; and it is vice-chaired by Cllr Jean Stretton, leader of Oldham Council and GMCA’s lead member for equality, fairness and inclusion.

The Commission’s primary areas of focus are:

  • To consider how Prevent operates in Greater Manchester 
  • To look at the broader determinants of social exclusion and how we can work collectively to address them
  • To investigate the merits of producing a Greater Manchester Charter – establishing shared values and commitments that will be the foundations upon which the Greater Manchester Strategy work is built (not just principles which are called into action when something goes wrong)
  • To develop a distinctive community-led Greater Manchester approach to challenging hateful radicalisation of all kinds and from wherever it comes

The independent Commissioners are:

  • Darra Singh OBE, Ernst & Young – focus on working with small businesses
  • Prof Hilary Pilkington, University of Manchester – expertise in radicalisation
  • Nazir Afzal OBE, former head of CPS North West
  • Nigel Bromage, Small Steps
  • Saima Alvi, Co-chair of British Muslim Heritage Centre
  • Shalni Arora, Savannah Wisdom – philanthropist

The Commissioners will consider academic research, existing policy and reviews from local, national and international work, as well as embark on a comprehensive engagement programme. They are keen to hear from anyone who lives, works or visits Greater Manchester. Please let them know your views by taking part in the online engagement here:

The Commission met for the first time in October 2017, and will report back to the Mayor in Summer 2018.

Listen to Cllr Shori talking about how you can have your say in the Preventing Hateful Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion Commission