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.


In an email to supporters, John said:

On the 5th May 2016, I was elected back to Manchester Council as the only opposition member – and it’s been non-stop. If Labour thought they were going to get away with increasing their top bosses’ salaries by 60% whilst telling me they couldn’t house our homeless, they had another thing coming.

But it’s also been a bit of an emotional one. This year I finally managed to close a chapter on something I had been fighting for over a decade. In 2013, I began the campaign to pardon Alan Turing and the tens of thousands of other people unfairly convicted of being gay. It was a very emotional and moving day when Parliament finally passed the motion that could settle the injustice once and for all.

I wanted to say thank you to you for being a part of the last 25 years with me. Whether you signed a petition, campaigned with me in an election or supported one of my fights for equality, you’ve been a part of our story. So, I want to share this video with you, taking a look back at the all the progress we’ve made in just the last twelve months since I was elected to Manchester Council.

John is standing again in Manchester Withington in the election. Let’s hope he makes it back to the Commons.

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  • Matt Dolman 3rd Jun '17 - 1:07pm

    John really, really deserves to get re-elected. The campaign in Withington isincredible.

  • Tony Greaves 3rd Jun '17 - 1:24pm

    It’s a pity that the regional party has told John and all his helpers to go and help in another constituency.

  • I used to have a flat in the constituency when John was MP. I can honestly say I never heard a bad word about the man – he was a very well respected MP. However, Withington is a large student area and after 2010 he was a dead man walking. Tuition fees aside it’s a seat Lib Dems should do well in and it will be a shame if – as Tony Greaves says – they seem to have basically given up on it.

  • Presumably the evidence available suggests the seat would be too difficult to retake this time. We need to be absolutely ruthless with our resources this election if we are to grow the party. We’re certainly not winning extra votes on the back of the national campaign but if we can show the media that there is life left in us despite getting so few votes then maybe next time seats like this will be within reach.

  • It looks like we are going to get the worse result in the history of the Liberal , Liberal Democrat Party since it was formed in the 1860’s. If we have not held onto one or two seats and made some gains then come Friday we shall to face so many hard realities that I fear many will not be able to comprehend or understand. We even got 2.5% in 1955 with just over 100 candidates only. With almost 650 the current scenario suggests we are going to lose even more deposits than last time with previous Lib Dem voters here, even at the last election, going to Labour. I think Church tomorrow and prayers are justified.

  • Moaners getting lined up already to gloat 🙁 Went to Cambridge today. Over 200 helpers. Everyone really fired up. Suggest the moaners got to a seat where we might win despite their negative “help”.

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