Connect with us
https://propermanchester.com.temp.link/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/secret-suppers-advert.jpg

News

All of Manchester’s statues to be reviewed by council in response to protests

Thoughts?

Avatar photo

Published

on

David Dixon / Geograph

Manchester Council has announced that it will be reviewing all of the city’s statues in response to the Black Lives Matter protests over the past few weeks.

Thousands of people protested in peaceful demonstrations in Manchester last weekend, and elsewhere many protested in cities like London, Edinburgh and Bristol. 

The protests began due to the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. 

As part of the protest in Bristol a statue of a slave trader, Edward Colston, was pulled down by protesters and thrown in the river.

The move has prompted a national debate and a sparked lot of controversy, with many cities asking why similar statues are still standing across the country in 2020, celebrating the men involved with the slave trade which has contributed to the systemic racism we still see today. 

Sir Robert Peel statue, Bury. David Ingham/Flickr

Manchester Council has announced that it will be reviewing all of the statues in the city, to understand the importance of the ‘history’ and ‘context’ behind each one. 

The council leaders have also called to the public to ask them who should be celebrated in statue form in the city and who they think is missing.

The council has said they are particularly interested in representing the BAME history of the city. 

Pit-yacker/Flickr

This comes after almost 1,500 people have signed a petition to remove the statue of former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel that currently stands in Piccadilly Gardens.

The petition asks people to #RepealPeel in order to ‘highlight the endemic racism that continues to plague Manchester and the fact that this city was built on slavery.’

The petition goes on to state: “We are trying to draw attention to the fact that black people are more likely to be arrested, subjected to use of force – and that black people in greater Manchester are ten times more likely to be tasered. Black Lives Matter.”

The former Primer Minister’s father, also called Robert Peel and also an MP, was actively pro-slavery and circulated a pro-slavery petition in 1806.

A counter-petition to keep the statue has received over 4,000 signatures.

Paul Gilett

Councillor Luthfur Rahman said: “The weight of emotion around the symbolism attached to public statues has been palpable this week – and not without good reason.

“However, it is also true to say that most of us do not know the people represented in the city’s statues, nor the history as to why they were chosen.

“We think it’s important therefore to undertake a city-wide review of all the statues in Manchester and work with our cultural institutions to understand their history and context.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

News

Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school

He’s the second person to be arrested

Avatar photo

Published

on

West Yorkshire Police

A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.

He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.

“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.

“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”

Continue Reading

News

Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor

NEWS JUST IN

Avatar photo

Published

on

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.

He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.

There’s also unit price limits for companies.

Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.

As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.

He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.

Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.

As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.

This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.

Continue Reading

News

Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28

NEWS JUST IN

Avatar photo

Published

on

@thecherryvalentine / Instagram

Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.

Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.

He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.

He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.

Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.

“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

Continue Reading

Receive our latest news, events & unique stories

Privacy and data policy

We may earn a commission when you use one of our links to make a purchase

Copyright © 2022 Manchester's Finest Group