The recent 2014 Devolution Agreement transferred particular powers and responsibilities from national government to the local region of Greater Manchester. The creation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) aims to facilitate devolution of the region. Ideally, devolution will enable local residents and meet their goals and needs, rather than working to the national agenda. This event explores the appetite for a constitution for the region amongst local agencies, businesses and voluntary agencies. According to The Constitution Unit the function of a constitution is to ‘organise, distribute and regulate state power’ (2016). Historically an official written UK constitution has not been necessary, though “it has been suggested that the British Constitution can be summed up in eight words ‘what the Queen in Parliament enacts is law’” (The Constitution Unit 2016). Given the proposed devolution of Manchester, it would make sense to consult with Mancunians and local agencies on their views on a constitution for Manchester. Manchester City Council does have an existing basic constitution on their web site. This is a useful starting point for a debate. The devolution agreement means additional powers and greater accountability for the region via a new elected mayor in 2017. Currently the 'interim' mayor (Tony Lloyd) has joined the GMCA's ten decision-making council leaders. New powers for the region cover numerous areas such as transport, regeneration and development, housing, employment, training, business, economic growth, health, social care and criminal justice.
Convened by Dr Joanne Massey
Joanne Massey received her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007. She has published on a number of subjects including of community safety and crime prevention, young people, moral panic, urban space and gentrification. She is currently carrying out research into social exclusion in cities and local decision-making processes. Her research interests are: youth cultures, social exclusion, crime prevention, urban design, culture and regulation. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Dept. of Sociology at MMU.
Welcome and Introductions
12.10 – 12.30 p.m.
Devolution and Constitution explained
12.30 – 1.00 p.m.
Panel One: Ten minute slots for three panel representatives to talk about what a constitution would mean for them and whether they are for or against a constitution for Manchester
Natasha Evans: GMP
Roxy Legane: RECLAIM Project
Marie-Claire Daly: City Art Gallery
1.00 - 1.30 p.m.
Break Tea, Coffee and biscuits served
1.30 – 2.15 p.m.
Interactive session with questions from audience (to include electronic voting on constitution)
Joanne Massey to chair
2.15 – 2.45 p.m.
Panel Two: three panel representatives to talk about what a constitution would mean for them and whether they are for or against a constitution for Manchester
Tony Lloyd: Interim Mayor
Paul Pandolfo: Shelter
Miranda Carruthers-Watt: Salford City Council
2.45 – 3 p.m.
Summing up of debate by chair and suggestions for future action from panel and public
Natasha Evans GMP
Natasha Evans is a front line Sergeant for Greater Manchester Police working from Pendleton Police Station covering the East side of Salford, she is soon to move to Little Hulton in a similar role more focused on neighbourhood policing. Natasha has only been with the police for two years and has joined on a fast track to Inspector scheme to fulfil her dream of joining the police. Natasha will give her thoughts on devolution and a constitution from a very front line prospective talking about what it could mean to front line officers who deal with communities on a daily basis.
Prior to this Natasha was a special sergeant for eight years and worked as a special constable for the same number of years in GMP. Natasha has a degree in Geography from the University of Durham, which is ironic and sometimes she struggles to find her way around Salford.
In her spare time Natasha does charity fundraising and works with local communities, she is currently training for the London Marathon to raise money for the NSPCC. Natasha is also an advocate of red wine.
Roxy Legane works as the Powerhouse Programme Lead at RECLAIM, a Manchester-based youth leadership charity set up in 2007 which aims to end leadership inequality within a generation. RECLAIM is a non-party political organisation led by the young people they support and the issues they face. The organisation is award-winning, innovative and committed to achieving lasting social change. Their values include ensuring young people maximise their full leadership potential, irrespective of postcode, school or family background. In particular, RECLAIM seeks out young people from working class communities with both leadership potential and a desire to create a better world.
Paul Pandolfo is employed by Shelter as programme manager for Inspiring Change Manchester. Inspiring Change is a Shelter led Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives Fund programme aimed at changing the way services are delivered for people with multiple and complex needs. It is testing innovative ways of delivering more joined up support where people are dealing with several problems at the same time, i.e. housing issues, mental health, substance misuse or offending. It also sets outs to empower people as they work towards positive change, concentrating on their potential. Co-production is at the heart of the Inspiring Change Manchester model, which won a Spirit of Manchester award for best service user involving organisation.
Marie-Claire Daly supports Maria Balshaw in policy development, strategy and research, working across the two galleries in close collaboration with Manchester City Council. A former arts journalist and press officer for Manchester International Festival and The Lowry, Marie-Claire worked in a number of roles at Arts Council England before joining its national policy team with a particular focus on education, skills and diversity. Marie-Claire left Arts Council England in July 2016 to take up post at The Whitworth and has recently been working with colleagues across Greater Manchester to start to develop cultural strategy across the Combined Authority region.
Tony was born in Stretford in 1950 and attended local schools in Stretford and Old Trafford before studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and Business Administration at Manchester Business School. He taught at Salford University in the Department of Business and in 1979 Tony was elected to Trafford Council where he served until 1984, and was sometime Deputy Leader of the Labour Group.
Tony was elected to Parliament in 1983 for the Stretford constituency and following significant boundary changes in 1997, represented Manchester Central until he stood down on 22 October 2012 to contest the Police and Crime Commissioner election.
In June 2015, Tony was appointed interim Mayor of Greater Manchester.
During his years in Parliament, he was:
· Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1997-1999)
· Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party (2006 – 2012).
· Chair of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs (2002- 2012)
He also held the following positions in Opposition:
· Shadow Minister, Foreign Affairs (1995 – 1997)
· Shadow Minister, Environment (1994 – 1995)
· Shadow Minister, Education (1992 – 1994)
· Shadow Minister, Employment (1988 – 1992)
· Shadow Minister, Transport (1987 – 1988)
· Opposition Whip (1986 – 1987).
· Member of the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee
Tony led the British Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where he was Vice-President. He was a member of the Legal Affairs’ Committee’s sub-committee which appointed Judges to the European Court of Human Rights. (The Council of Europe was established at the end of WW2 to set standards on human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, and has been especially important for countries in Europe emerging from totalitarian systems of government.) Tony was also the leader of the British Delegation to the Western European Union.
He also led the British Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The OSCE has member States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It deals with a wide-range of security related issues. Tony took part in various election monitoring team and led the monitoring team which oversaw and condemned the fraudulent Presidential election in Belarus in 2006.
He has been Chair of many Parliamentary Groups like Friends of Colombia.
He was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow of St Anthony’s College, Oxford in 2005 and 2006.
Tony has four adult children, is a keen football fan. He runs (slowly) and enjoys walking, especially in our beautiful woodlands. He is a member of Amnesty International, the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Co-op Party, the Labour Party, the GMB and Unite. He still has an ambition to keep bees.