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Remembering two great Greater Manchester figures

Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Lord Peter Smith
 
This week we were shocked to hear of the passing of Lord Peter Smith. Peter served as Leader of Wigan Council from 1991 and over the past three decades gained a reputation as one of the most influential council leaders in the UK. He was a true champion for all the districts of Greater Manchester. He sat at the heart of devolution discussions from their outset, where his leadership through both the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and later the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, were key to delivering the devolution deal, which saw Greater Manchester take control of powers and budgets from Whitehall in 2014.
 
In his later years, his passion for health and wellbeing saw him lead the work on health devolution on a Greater Manchester level, it was in this capacity I got to know him best. After stepping down as Council Leader, he continued in his capacity as lead member for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. I saw up close - as both his deputy and the Chair of the GM Joint Commissioning Board - how he took the lead in bringing health and social care services across the city-region closer together to improve health and ensure the vulnerable and elderly get the best care.
 
Peter leaves a truly imposing legacy and the debt that we as a city region owe him will not soon be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family, friends and all those who knew and worked for him over his 43 years of public service.
 
Cllr David Greenhalgh
 
Last week we also learned of the passing of Cllr David Greenhalgh, who served as the Executive Leader of Bolton Council since 2019.
 
While I knew David for only a short time, I was struck deeply by his passion for Bolton and his commitment to all his residents. What is more, his love for the arts (being a son of two music teachers) shone through to us in his work as the Greater Manchester Combined Authority lead for Culture. I think all Greater Manchester Leaders will remember David for the gentleman he was, and will miss his presence all the more for it.
 
My heartfelt condolences are with all of David’s family and friends in this time.
 

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