Joe Anderson at the Peace Centre

Mayor of Liverpool and City Council to debate motion supporting work to counter extremism through dialogue

January 14, 2015 | Nick Taylor

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson OBE (pictured with Founders Colin and Wendy Parry and Charity Chief Executive Nick Taylor) is asking Liverpool City Council to debate a motion in support of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace’s work in countering extremism through dialogue.

The mayor is the elected voice for Liverpool and is responsible for setting the overall vision for the city, championing the city at home and abroad.  His motion, to be debated by the full City Council on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is expected to receive full cross party support and calls on Government to recognise that work to develop understanding within the UK can have an impact in war zones in other parts of the world; and to invest in commissioning work within the UK to counter extremism and increase understanding between races and faiths.  The motion also puts on record its support for the work of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

The Mayor has invited our Founder Colin Parry to address the Council ahead of the motion being debated.

The Mayor will be leading a call to other British Councils to support a similar motion.

 Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “I have always been impressed at the development of the The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and its objectives. Their passion and work is really excellent and provides hope for us all that extremism and conflict in all its forms can be tackled through dialogue.

“While Liverpool has generally good community relations, we need to be vigilant that this remains the case and always be willing to support those helping to resolve conflict and promote understanding.

“The Peace Centre here in our region is an important asset with a national and international reputation in conflict resolution and brings major influential global players to this area. That can only be a good thing.

“I’m bringing this motion to Council to support the Centre and will be asking my counterparts in other authorities to show similar levels of support in promotion of a great facility everyone should cherish and promote.”

 The agenda for the meeting can be accessed here

The Motion is reproduced below:

MOTION FOR DEBATE SUBMITTED BY THE MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL
(a period of 30 minutes has been allocated for the debate)

Countering Extremism through dialogue by Mayor Joe Anderson, OBE

Council notes that the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, based in Warrington, was established 20 years ago in response to the IRA bombing in the town. The Foundation is an expert in tackling the root causes of extremism that leads vulnerable people on a path that may involve radicalisation and terrorism.

The Foundation are facilitating sensitive dialogue processes between communities and authorities across the country as well as assisting victims of terrorism, some of whom live within Liverpool, to recover and find their normal lives.

Council further notes the Foundation is trialing a new approach to leadership working with young people in a number of British cities including Liverpool. The project challenges race, faith and political hatred and counters extremism as well as equipping young people with skills in consequential and critical thinking.

Council believes that work supporting individuals to question hatred and develop forms of expression and dialogue which does not harm others is a crucial step in increasing understanding between communities and religions both here and abroad.

Council therefore:

Calls on Government to recognise that work to develop understanding within the UK can have an impact in war zones in other parts of the world.

Calls on Government to invest in commissioning work within the UK to counter extremism and increase understanding between races and faiths.

Puts on record its support for the work of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.