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Anti-extremism plans could create 'environment of fear'

The government's anti-extremism strategy could create an environment of "suspicion and fear" that may alienate British Muslims, a campaign group has warned.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier, Romana Aly from the Exploring Islam Foundation said, "We have to be really careful that it doesn't create and environment of suspicion and fear. I am worried about about this measure of passports being taken away by parents because that encourages parents to distrust their own children."


Peterborough City Council to 'share' Chief Executive

Gillian Beasely will now take on the joint role for 12 months Credit: Peterborough City Council

Plans have been approved to share a chief executive between Peterborough City and Cambridgeshire County Councils on a temporary basis.

Councillors have backed the plans which will see Gillian Beasley take on the role for both authorities.

This is the first shared chief executive role between unitary and county authorities nationally and will be in place for an initial period of 12 months.

Gillian Beasley will begin the new role on Monday 19 October.

The appointment follows the resignation of Cambridgeshire County Council’s chief executive, Mark Lloyd. Mr Lloyd is taking up the position of chief executive for the Local Government Association.

The arrangement will save Peterborough City Council £110,000 per year.

"I believe a shared chief executive will give our city and the county a stronger voice nationally to promote economic development in the area, as well as creating greater opportunities for jointly commissioned services and sharing of best practice between the two authorities."

– Cllr John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council


Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner will not seek re-election

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, has announced that he will not put himself forward as a candidate for next year’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Sir Graham was elected to office in November 2012 as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

"It has been an enormous honour and privilege for me to serve the people of be Cambridgeshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. This is an immensely satisfying role and I have relished the challenges posed by the changes we have had to make in order to continue to deliver and effective police force in a period of reducing budgets."

– Sir Graham Bright, Police & Crime Commissioner

Sir Graham Bright will leave office in May 2016 with elections due to be held on 5th May 2016.

"This is a very demanding role and one which I do not feel I commit myself to for another four years. While I will not be putting my feet up I am looking forward to spending more time with my wife and continuing to use my experience to provide advice and guidance to some of the other organisations I support”.

– Sir Graham Bright
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