The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace today (13th November 2013) welcomed the Right Honourable Theresa May MP to a working lunch. The Foundation presented its vital work to prevent violent conflict and support victims and those affected by terrorism.
Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, holds one of the four great offices of state. As well as being responsible for the internal affairs of England and Wales, the Home Secretary is accountable for matters of national security and the Security Service MI5.
The visit was organised by local MP David Mowat as part of his on-going support for the work carried out at the Peace Centre. Founders, Colin and Wendy Parry greeted Mrs. May and toured the building before hosting a lunch at which the Foundation team presented their work and sought Government endorsement and support.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: "We are very grateful to David Mowat for arranging this visit and for the Home Secretary taking time out of her schedule to visit us.
"Our work to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict is vital to creating the conditions for a secure, safe and peaceful society. What we do is unique and challenging and needs continued support from Government.
"As an independent charity, we hold a distinctive ability to influence change by supporting victims, survivors and those affected by terrorism and in countering violent conflict. "
Warrington South MP, David Mowat said: "I was delighted to be able to welcome the Home Secretary to Warrington to show her the positive contribution the town is making to tackle radicalisation.
"What Colin & Wendy Parry have done at the Foundation is superb and I always enjoy showcasing it to my ministerial colleagues."
The Foundation formed after the IRA Warrington bombing 20-years ago is undertaking a series of meetings with politicians to seek on-going support for its work.