Manchester Riots: One Year On

John Leech MP, Charles Glover and Cllr James Hennigan at Manchester Riot clean up last year

It is twelve months since the riots in Manchester and elsewhere across the country. My view has not changed on the riots themselves, they were unjustified and unprovoked. The acts of civil disobedience and criminality shocked everyone, including myself.

Nick Clegg visited the city a couple of days after the riots and talked about the need to punish criminals, but also the need to look more long-term into the causes of the riots to stop them happening again.

wrote about the role of the media in reporting the riots and the role they should have played in helping to bring the rioters to justice. In the end 8% of people who appeared in court over the riots were in connection to the riots in Manchester which resulted in 249 prosecutions, the majority of which were custodial. The BBC gives a full breakdown of riot figures here.

But in the aftermath of the riots I helped out at the riot clean-up in Deansgate with Liberal Democrat Councillor James Hennigan and Charles Glover and was pleased to see so many people coming into the city centre to help clean up, with some even travelling in from outside the city to join in. It showed a community coming together with a more positive image of Manchester than the one put forward by the rioters.

2 responses to “Manchester Riots: One Year On

  1. The response by Greater Manchester Police to the riots here was fast and firm, and widely praised around the country. The ill-informed comments by a local Labour MP did a disservice to the many brave officers who put themselves in harms way to protect the public and their property. As we learn more about the utter corruption in our banking system, laundering money for drugs gangs etc., we must bear in mind that the behaviour of those at the bottom of society will be harder to change if they see those at the top operating in a moral vacuum. Labour’s ‘anything goes’ attitude to banking in this country contributed as much to the riots as the financial mess they left behind them. Lib Dem driven reform of the banking system will be vital in restoring respect and confidence in our institutions. Without meaningful reforms we will never persuade those at the bottom that we live in a just and fair society where greed and dishonesty are not rewarded.

  2. I CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY THE RIOTS STARTED THE YOUTH OF TODAY ARE FURIOUS AS THERE ARE NO JOB OPPORTUNITIES THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE IT IS A REASON

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