Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tributes Paid to 'Trailblazer' Who Will Be Huge Loss to City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tributes Paid to 'Trailblazer' Who Will Be Huge Loss to City

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POLITICIANS and business leaders have paid tribute to Sir Howard Bernstein following his decided to stand down.

The 63-year-old, commended nationally for securing a string of extraordinary breakthroughs for the city, said he was leaving Manchester looking ahead to a 'very, very strong' future.

Manchester council's chief executive - who also oversees the region's combined authority - joined the town hall in 1971 as an 18- year-old office junior, before working his way up the ladder during a time of huge transformation for the city.

Lucy His partnership with council leader Sir Richard Leese is one of the longest-running and most successful in local government.

Stockport-born economist Jim O'Neill, the government's Commercial Secretary, said: "I have seen first-hand the impact of Sir Howard's sheer dedication to make Manchester the leading city it is today. …

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