Manchester Council Chairman Sir Richard Leese has announced that he will step down next spring after 25 years in office

Sir Richard’s tour will be linked to the redesign of the city center. He took the lead shortly before the IRA bomb destroyed much of the center in June 1996.

In a statement, Sir Richard said:

Tonight I informed the Manchester City Council Labor Group of my intention to step down as Chairman of the Council on December 1st of this year after 25 years.

“This is a very personal decision that reflects my personal priorities for the next few years. I want this to be my decision, it had to happen at some point and this is a good time like any other.

“My commitment to the city and the metropolitan area remains undiminished and I am confident that with a strong body of councilors determined to implement the Our Manchester Strategy, supported by an excellent political leader, a strategic management team as good as never before, Realizing thousands of great councilors, hundreds of enthusiastic partners, and good potential candidates to take my place, the work will continue to enable Covid to contain and recover, and build a healthier, more prosperous, happier, fairer and greener Manchester.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Manchester during this time and my heartfelt thanks go to the thousands of people who have worked with us over the past 25 years.”
Joanne Roney OBE, Executive Director of Manchester City Council:

“Sir Richard is a preeminent figure in the life of Manchester who, in more than a quarter of a century of leadership, has transformed from a declining, post-industrial city to the UK’s fastest growing city, ready for the future of confidence.

“His leadership and consistent vision were an integral part of this turnaround, guiding the city’s remarkable regeneration and playing a key role in the decentralization and integration of health and social services. He has also helped guide the city through some difficult times, including the aftermath of the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack and, most recently, of course, the challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The strength of the foundations his dedication and dedication have built over the decades mean his legacy will endure – from the vast Victoria North development that straddled the north of the city with much-needed housing and a new park Riverside Changed – from the city’s commitment to fighting climate change to improved health care systems across Greater Manchester, you don’t have to look very far to see its impact. We have long-term strategies in place, including the overarching Our Manchester Strategy, which sets a vision for the thriving, inclusive city we want to be and how we get there, so everyone has a chance to share in that success.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Richard and, along with the rest of the Manchester leadership team, I look forward to continuing this work.”

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