Manchester Council leader 'Ariana is a heroine'

Councillors in Manchester voted unanimously to make Ariana Grande an honorary citizen of the city following the terror attack in which 22 people died.

  • WATCH: An emotional Sir Richard Leese - the leader of Manchester City Council - says Ariana Grande is a heroine.

Family members of some of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing were at Manchester Town Hall for the meeting on Wednesday morning.

There, the council also voted to hold civic receptions for those who helped with the response and to propose a new awards scheme to recognise outstanding contributions to the city.

  • WATCH: Fans go wild as they hear the opening chords of Ariana Grande's One Last Time at the One Love Manchester concert.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, carried out the attack on May 22 after a concert by US pop star Grande.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese put forward the motion and described the 23-year-old singer as:

He said instead she "brought comfort to thousands and raised millions for the We Love Manchester emergency fund" by returning to the city to perform in June after organising the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

The meeting heard from several guest speakers who had been involved in the response.

Assistant Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine described the role of officers both in the initial response to the incident and in the investigation.

She said:

  • WATCH: Halle String Quartet play Don't Look Back in Anger

Lorraine Hulme, a ward sister at Wythenshawe Hospital who was on duty on the night of the atrocity, told the meeting:

The meeting included performances by the Halle String Quartet, who played Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger.

Lord Mayor Eddy Newman said:

Leaders of different faiths from across the city said prayers at the start of the meeting and the names of the 22 victims, including seven children, were read out before a minute's silence.Councillor Sue Murphy, who seconded the motion, said planning for a permanent memorial to the victims in the city would begin in September.