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REPRESENTATIVES MEET TO DISCUSS RACE RELATIONS STRATEGY AFTER RIOTS

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Fifteen councils were due to meet this week to discuss a long-term strategy on race relations and public disorder f...
Fifteen councils were due to meet this week to discuss a long-term strategy on race relations and public disorder following riots in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham.

The meeting was set up by the Local Government Association in response to Commission for Racial Equality chair Gurbux Singh's call for such a strategy in July (LGC, 7 July).

Home Office minister Angela Eagle and Cabinet Office minister Barbara Roche were expected to attend, along with representatives from the DTLR, the Department for Education and Skills, the police and community groups.

Along with the three councils troubled by disorder earlier in the year, chief executives and leaders from 12 other councils with similar demographic profiles were due to attend.

They were Birmingham City Council, Blackburn with Darwen BC, Bolton MBC, Hounslow LBC, Leicester City Council, Manchester City Council, Pendle BC, Rochdale MBC, Redbridge LBC, Sandwell MBC, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Tower Hamlets LBC.

The guidance will be published in December, after Bradford, Burnley and

Oldham have completed their own reviews of the violence they suffered earlier in

the year.

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