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Preventing hateful extremism and promoting social cohesion

Preventing Hateful Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion Commission

Following the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017, Andy Burnham the Mayor of Greater set up an independent commission to consider how to tackle hateful extremism, social exclusion and radicalisation.

The review is chaired by Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, and 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 establish 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

Membership of the Commission has been confirmed as follows:

  • Darra Singh, Ernst & Young – focus on working with small businesses
  • Prof Hilary Pilkington, Uni of Manchester – expertise in radicalization,
  • Nazir Afzal, 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 commission met for the first time in October 2017, and will report back to the Mayor in Spring 2018.