Tony Lloyd was speaking as the world marks International Roma Day on Wednesday 8th April. The day celebrates the history and culture of the Romani community and raises awareness of the issues facing Roma people across the world.
Tony said: “Greater Manchester prides itself on its rich culture and diversity, welcoming people from all backgrounds with open arms. There is a real sense of community spirit running through every borough and every neighbourhood of Greater Manchester and the Roma community is an integral part of that.
“International Roma Day is an occasion to celebrate the diversity and strength of our communities and recognise the contribution Roma people have made to our society past, present and future. It’s also an opportunity to build understanding of the Romani culture, promote unity, tolerance and respect throughout our communities and make a renewed commitment to bring together people from every background, every race, every religion.
“By standing together we can send a clear message to those who seek to divide us that we will not allow them to spew their hatred here – they are not welcome in Greater Manchester.”