Riots in Birmingham and the response of communities across the city highlighted the importance of faith in building a stronger society, according to city council leader Mike Whitby.

Speaking during the Tory conference, Coun Whitby said Birmingham was a “faith city”.

But he said it was not a Christian city, nor a Muslim city or a city of any one religion.

He highlighted the importance of religion and religious leaders in keeping the peace following the death of three young men during August’s riots.

Coun Whitby was speaking at a fringe event in the Manchester conference centre on the topic of Birmingham and the Big Society.

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