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  A Manchester Labour councillor has announced she is stepping down after just six months in office, saying that the “racism and bullying” she has endured during her time as a councillor is the reason why. Marcia Hutchinson announced she would be resigning from her position as L...
The site of a historic cotton mill that launched the career of Manchester’s first multi-millionaire has been given a new lease of life by Southway Housing Trust to provide vital social housing for older people. The first residents are currently moving in at Gorton Mill House, built by Southway...
  Greater Manchester is a region where the divide that defines inequality is becoming more distinct. While new hotels, offices and apartment complexes rise into the sky of Salford Quays and Manchester city centre the communities on the outskirts are increasingly pressured by cuts t...
Watch the mainstream media coverage of COP26, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that environmental degradation is only happening elsewhere – in places like South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, the Arctic and the Antarctic. Amongst the “blah, blah, blah”, I personally didn’t see one article...
Watch the mainstream media coverage of COP26, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that environmental degradation is only happening elsewhere – in places like South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, the Arctic and the Antarctic. Amongst the “blah, blah, blah”, I personally didn’t see one article...
  For a music venue to earn the title “legendary” requires the ticking of several boxes. It must have a history, both musically and with the social fabric of the city it operates in, the reassurance of artistic continuity and still remain relevant for both past and present musician...
  I’m in a lecture theatre at the University of Manchester, on a stifling summer’s day in 2017, with a grazing herd of Anthony Burgess geeks. It’s the last lap of a three-day conference to mark the writer’s centenary – we’ve sat through talks on everything from Burgess’s Blac...
  Boris Johnson at the Cop26 summit claimed that the UK is not remotely corrupt. The guffaws of disbelief could be heard all around the press conference to which he made the comment. The media has clearly decided that the time has come to expose the sleaze in which many members of...
  When Manchester studio photographer Vilija Skubute decided to widen her photography spectrum to include socially engaged photography in 2019 little did she realise that a global pandemic would shape her work for the next two years. Vilija has run her photography business based in...
  International shipping is a crucial part of the global economy – 90% of the world’s trade is transported by sea. But almost all ships use fossil fuels, and so the sector is also a major emitter of greenhouse gas pollution – with emissions roughly on a level with the ent...
  In Manchester, leaves are now covering the ground, the temperature has dropped and that autumnal feeling of change is in the air. For some, that sense of change might mean rummaging around under beds and at the back of closets for more seasonally appropriate outfits or heading to...
  Under Boris Johnson, reports say, the British government is “at the leading edge of nations represented at COP26” when it comes to promising to cut carbon emissions. But as ever with the climate emergency, there’s a gap between rhetoric and action. Far from unveiling detailed...
Analysis of data in an online carbon calculator tool shows that on average residents in the affluent ward of Didsbury West produced an estimated 30 times more carbon emissions due to aviation in 2018 than residents of Ardwick, a ward that records high levels of deprivation. The Place Based Carb...
  The Red Rebel Brigade theatrical group crossed the country by train over three days as part of their silent and apolitical protest calling for immediate action against environmental destruction and pollution. Their never before attempted train relay performance saw the Manches...
  Tenants and leaseholders of a block of flats in Blackley are distressed at having a fire safety Article 31 Prohibition Notice served on their building on Monday 25 October, by the Greater Manchester Fire and rescue Service (GMFRS), giving them just seven days to find alternative...
  The United Nations climate summit Cop26 is fast approaching, and for many this feels like a crux in human history, where agreements need to be made and held to if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change in the near future.  But alongside acknowledgment of its importan...
  Mancunian activists are working hard on a variety of campaigns to inform, educate and influence world leaders attending the Cop26 United Nations climate conference which begins in Glasgow on 31 October. The conference is billed as “Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change” a...
  Arriva bus drivers in Greater Manchester have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike, as talks between the bus operator and trade union officials collapsed. Just under 2,000 bus drivers across Liverpool, Greater Manchester and the north-west of England were eligible to vote last...
  Chris, Selfridges, Manchester How’s life since the pandemic?I’m doing terrible, to be honest. Covid has totally changed everything for me. There’s a lot more begging in the city and some people are begging using the magazine, which is not right for the legitimate vendors....
  I enthusiastically strolled down to Piccadilly Gardens on Saturday 16 October to see the citizens of Manchester take control of this busy central public plaza. After my disappointment seven years earlier when I first arrived in Manchester and viewed the gardens, this now felt lik...
  The development will be taken forward by a company named “This City”, set up on an arms-length basis by the council. This City will, in a first phase, target two sites – one in Ancoats, and the other in the city centre’s neighbouring Piccadilly ward. The Ancoats site will b...
  The lives of homeless people in Manchester have been illuminated with the publication of a medieval style manuscript launched at Manchester Cathedral yesterday. Made by over 100 people, the Book of Ours records their stories in writing through medieval-style drawings and calligra...
  When moving to central Manchester seven years ago, I googled “green spaces near me” and the first place that came up was Piccadilly Gardens. I decided to take the six minute walk to what Visit Manchester calls the “heart and soul of the city centre”. Having lived in the centre of...
  “Not many people would start a business during the pandemic,” Rachel Jepson said. “But it was the pandemic that made me realise that a space dedicated for musician’s mental health was needed more than ever.” The Centre for Mental Health in The Music Industry opened it’s door in A...
  Jeremy Corbyn called for greater democracy in how we run our media and promoted the values of  social justice, anti-racism,  peace and human rights as being the important ones in how we run our lives, at a packed event in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, opposing the Tor...
Disability rights campaign group Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts (MDPAC) screened messages from Disabled people in England on Monday during the Tory Party Conference from a mobile van. The sleek, black, video-van – paid for by the 43 supporters through the Crowdfunder campaign...
The manifesto of a councillor in the running to replace Sir Richard Leese as leader of Manchester city council has been leaked to The Meteor, defying the Labour party’s leadership election rules, on the eve of the council meeting to determine the outcome. Hulme cllr Ekua Bayunu, one of the...
  Climate Emergency Manchester (CEM) has called on councillors tipped to replace Sir Richard Leese as leader of Manchester city council to act decisively on tackling the climate emergency. The councillor’s have been unable to respond due to restrictions put in place by Manche...
  Earlier this month Mancunians celebrated Manchester being ranked third, in the annual index of best cities in the world compiled by Time Out magazine. This buzzing city known for its nightlife, diversity, creativity and community spirit, came behind the tourist hotspots of San Fr...
It felt like the aftermath of a revolution. Wandering through the University of Manchester’s (UoM) Owens Park campus in the early hours of 6 November 2020, with bits of mangled fence scattered across the ground, the failings of our hyper-marketised higher education system were there for all to see...