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Can you help elect April in May?

Two years ago, former Manchester Withington Lib Dem MP was elected as a Councillor in Manchester. Since then he has valiantly provided the only opposition to the under-achieving Labour Council. Seriously, this lot are as good an argument for PR as you are ever going to find.  They have a huge sense of entitlement to power and they really don’t like opposition which John has been providing in generous and disproportionate amounts. 

John is great but it would be amazing if he could have some support in the Council chamber.

Standing in the Withington ward this May are April Preston and Alex Warren. April is amazing and no stranger to challenging things that just aren’t right. She crowdfunded the money to pay for one of the best fringe meetings I’d ever been to at a Federal Conference on feminism in York two years ago.

The Withington team has set up a crowdfunder for their campaign and it’s raised £500 in just a few days. They say:

Withington Ward Liberal Democrats will strive to put community back into the Council and with your help we will be able to challenge officials that neglect our beloved city.

Our candidates in this year’s elections are: April Preston, and Alex Warren.

April Preston was the first spokesperson for Stockport Young Carers and has been passionate activist from the age of 10 and continues to campaign on a wide on a wide range of issues from mental health to children leaving care. April is also a is a trustee of Autistic Association of Greater Manchester, she has campaigned to repeal Section 28, and against the Iraq war. April has also argued against the council’s treatment of our homeless and chaired events fighting for a more diverse and tolerant society.

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WATCH: John Leech’s story

See this fantastic video put together by John Leech’s team to celebrate the achievements of his career.

It showcases his tenacious support for a pardon for Alan Turing and other men convicted of homosexual acts and his audacious opposition to Manchester’s Labour council. It can’t be easy being the only opposition councillor in the room, but he gives them some grief and gets stuff done.

Enjoy!

In an email to supporters, John said:

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Ashcroft battlegrounds poll: Lib Dems set to lose four marginal seats to Labour

lib lab Labour Liberal Democrat logoThe second of Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft’s polls of Lib Dem marginal seats was published this week, focusing on four of our battlegrounds with Labour: Norwich South (held by Simon Wright), Bradford East (David Ward), Brent Central (Sarah Teather standing down, Ibrahim Taguri selected), and Manchester Withington (John Leech). Also included was Brighton Pavilion, which Caroline Lucas won for the Greens from Labour in 2010.

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    How about instead of relying on some nonsense about the EU we have a real argument about health and social care reform? Just a thought....
  • User AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 18th Jun - 10:56pm
    Without wanting to sidetrack this to Grenfell, it is also worth reading this - https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2017/jun/25/grenfell-reflects-the-accountability-vacuum-left-by-crumbling-local-press We - all of us - need to have a...
  • User AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 18th Jun - 10:50pm
    This is a really interesting point. What we are really, I think, talking about here is the decline of civil society. That might be reflected...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 18th Jun - 10:45pm
    Cassie and Lynn N. Relevance? Just pointing out the obvious truth demonstrated in the ballot box - and the money isn't just for England. May...
  • User AvatarArnold Kiel 18th Jun - 10:05pm
    Clearly, a Government exclusively dedicated to Brexit must adopt the attitudes of the leave-campaign towards facts, truth, and logic, and its ready acceptance of Russian...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 18th Jun - 9:47pm
    @Teresa Wilson You know, I tend to agree with you. It’s PR or nothing. However, that’s no guarantee that Lib Dem electoral fortunes would change...