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Greater Manchester must compete with London, says new Mayor

Tony Lloyd is the new interim mayor of Greater Manchester Credit: GMPCC

The new interim Mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd says the region must make itself heard as loud as London in the corridors of power as the process of devolution begins.

Mr Lloyd, who is currently the Police and Crime Commissioner for Manchester, was appointed to the temproary role on Friday by the leaders of the region's 10 local authorities.

The interim Mayor will have no new executive powers but will act as a 'caretaker' while the process of devolving powers over health, housing and planning from Westminster gets underway.

It's hoped Tony Lloyd will also help raise the profile of the new Mayoral role in the build up to 2017, when a fully elected Greater Manchester Mayor will be chosen by voters.

Mr Lloyd says he will only take one salary while he continues in his role as Police and Crime Commissioner. From 2017 the PCC's responsibilities will be consumed by the office of the new elected Mayor.

Tony Lloyd gave his first interview after being appointed to our political reporter Daniel Hewitt.


Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is to hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the issue of child sexual exploitation.

The inquiry will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.

Mr Lloyd's office said it follows the child grooming case in Rochdale which saw nine men imprisoned for a total of 77 years last year for the abuse of dozens of girls in the town.

The Coffey Inquiry will speak to agencies, experts, victims and their families, as well as drawing together the reports published on the case.

Mr Lloyd said he hopes the inquiry will report back with recommendations on how agencies can work better together to respond effectively to the issue.

The Rochdale grooming case was, of course, shocking. These evil men destroyed the lives of dozens of girls in Rochdale.

"Those victims were subsequently let down by many agencies in Rochdale.

“This inquiry will look at the mistakes of the past, but more importantly it will look at what has been done since to protect young people.

"There has been a real and lasting transformation in the way police, council, health and other agencies have faced up to this devastating and complex issue in Rochdale."

– Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester.

The Rochdale case shocked the country and opened many people’s eyes to the horrors of child sexual exploitation.

“It is important to assess what progress has been made since then in safeguarding children in Greater Manchester and to see what more needs to be done in the future.”

– Ann Coffey, Member of Parliament for Stockport.