Wythenshawe MP, Mike Kane is to launch a “Catholics for Labour” group at the party’s annual conference this weekend.
The shadow schools minister, is among eight Catholic Labour MPs who will establish the group at the 5pm Mass at the Church of St Mary Magdalen in Brighton on Sunday.
Commenting on the Diocese of Shrewsbury website, Mr Kane said the purpose of the new group is to assist “left-of-centre” Catholics to fulfil vocations of service in public life.
“We want to see more Catholics standing for public office both locally and nationally,” said, Mr Kane, who also took part in last year’s launch of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury, the new social justice and action agency of the Diocese,
“At the moment in Wythenshawe of 18 councillors only two are Catholic. There used to be a much higher proportion,” the Shadow Schools Minister said, adding that because “the call to participation in the community” was a key strand of Catholic social teaching “we want to see an organisation which supports people coming forward”.
Other MPs involved setting up the group include Jon Cruddas, Keith Vaz, David Crausby, Stephen Pound, Emma Lewell-Buck and Conor McGinn.
A letter signed by the eight MPs said: “Catholics for Labour has lofty ambitions. We are not about standing still or merely making observations of the world around us.
“Our hearts and minds are firmly focused on social justice and guided by the teaching of the Catholic faith we will work together to actively shape that world and prepare members for a life in public service.”
At present there are about 70 MPs who are Catholic and about 40 of them belong to the Labour Party.
Manchester Health Academy’s new principal, Kevin Green, says he is honoured to be taking on the role.
Mr Green was vice principal at the school on Moor Road, Wythenshawe for four years before the appointment this week, following the departure of former head, Damian Owen in July.
Mr Green said: “I am honoured to take up the role of principal for Manchester Health Academy. The staff and students of the Academy are an amazing group of people, and it is my pleasure to lead this great organisation forward.”
Prior to joining the teaching profession Mr Green was an engineer for more than ten years before embarking on a teaching career which has spanned 20 years.
David Cain, Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy said: “We are delighted that Kevin has been appointed as our new Principal following his time as the Vice Principal. He is now well placed to lead the Academy forward and we are confident that our students will benefit from all that he will do, with the support of staff, to deliver a good education to them.”
Letters have gone out to parents informing them of the new appointment.
A taxi driver was left afraid to go back to work after he was attacked and robbed by two men and a teenage girl in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.
Samuel Burrows, aged 21, of no fixed address was jailed for three years and six months and Calvin Macdonald aged 20 of Stoneacre Road, Wythenshawe was jailed for two years, both for robbery.
The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received a 12-month referral order and was ordered to pay £250 in compensation for robbery and assaulting a police officer.
The driver was punched and kicked and attacked with a bottle. Detective Constable Mark Ledger of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This has been really difficult for the victim in this case who was subject to such a harrowing attack that he may never emotionally recover. Read More…
Police are investigating an incident in Brooklands yesterday when a man was left left with serious head injuries following a collision with a motorcycle.
In a statement issued last night, Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers were first called to Ferndown Road at around 6.15pm after a motorcyclist knocked down a pedestrian. The man who was hit suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital. Ferndown Road was shut while officers worked at the scene.”
The man had been on the pavement when he was hit by the motorbike. The biker fled the scene.
Ferndown Road was cordoned between it’s junctions with Altrincham Road and Wythenshawe Road for about two hours, while paramedics treated the injured man an police carried out inquiries.
Police investigating the death of a toddler in Wythenshawe have described the inquiry as “truly distressing”.
A post-mortem examination found the boy, who was found dead at a house in Beaford Road on Sunday , died of multiple stab wounds.
A man and woman left the house to go to hospital before police arrived.
A woman, aged 30, arrested on suspicion of murder remains in hospital, said police. A 31-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.
Formal identification has taken place and the boy’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers, said police.
Det Insp Carl Jones of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “The family wish for their privacy to be respected at this time and I’d ask that people do not speculate around the boy’s identity to allow them to grieve and come to terms with this tragedy.
“We have one person under arrest, but need those who have not yet passed on information to come forward.”
The police force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as it had previously been called to the property according to the BBC.
A woman has appeared in court in connection with the death of a man in Wythenshawe.
Michelle Ingham, aged 46, of Maismore Road, Wythenshawe, appeared before magistrates in Manchester charged with the murder of 47-year-old Kai Gareth Prothero.
Mr Prothero was found dead at a house in Maismore Road on Thursday August 24. Ingham was remanded in custody.
The family of Wythenshawe soldier Pte Lee Ellis who was killed in the Iraq war has received a letter of apology from Defence Decretary Michael Fallon about the circumstances of his death.
Pte Ellis was one of dozens of soldiers killed while travelling in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover, dubbed “mobile coffins” during the conflict in 2006.
Sir Michael Fallon wrote to a number of families apologising for delays in bringing in alternative protected vehicles “which could have saved lives”.
Pte Ellis’ sister, Karla told the BBC the letter was “cherry on the cake” following the victory in the High Court which recognised the duty of care the government had for her brother and other soldiers in the war. Read More…