Former Home Office minister takes Greater Manchester policing and crime role

EX-HOME OFFICE minister Beverley Hughes has been confirmed as Greater Manchester's first deputy mayor for policing and crime.

She will work alongside Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to ensure the police service is accountable to local people and will work with communities to establish priorities for Greater Manchester Police.

Baroness Hughes, who is a former leader of Trafford Council, was MP for Stretford & Urmston between 1997 and 2010. She has served as minister for local government and planning, prisons and probation and immigration and counter-terrorism. She was made a life peer in 2010. 

"During the past few weeks, I've seen first-hand the professionalism and dedication of our police service. Their work has been outstanding in what have been horrific circumstances. They are a credit to our city-region and it's a privilege to be working with them," Hughes said.

"This role will not be without challenge but the spirit and resilience we have seen in the past days gives us an incredibly strong foundation on which to build."

Mayor Burnham added: "Beverley and I have worked closely with the chief constable and police over past weeks as the city reacted to the dreadful Arena attack. We have seen our emergency services at their finest and we are all proud of the job they have done for Greater Manchester. 

"Beverley and I will now begin the process of refreshing Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Plan to ensure the police's priorities continue to fit the needs of Greater Manchester.

"We are both agreed about the importance of strong neighbourhood policing. Whatever the outcome of Thursday's election we will be raising the issue of Police of numbers and funding with the incoming Government."