Over John Leech's political career he has been highly commended and awarded numerous times, often for his tireless and relentless work in his constituency. His most prominent award came when he landed the title of Patchwork's first ever 'MP of the Year' for his 'utterly committed work to disadvantaged groups'.
The Deputy Prime Minster said: "John has been a tireless champion for his constituents for ten years and has ensured that he has represented all the views of those communities traditional excluded by the political process. John is a fantastic example of how Liberal Democrat MPs believe it is important we work with all our deprived and minority communities to help build a stronger economy and fairer society."
But John continued to pick up awards and acclaim, notably for his work dedicated to road safety in Manchester, for which he won 'MP of the Year' and 'MP of the Month', twice, following his successful campaigns to introduce 20mph zones in Manchester, and safety measures surrounding schools in his constituency.
He was also recognised for his work tackling lung cancer and breast cancer; both issues he campaigned extensively on in Manchester. He was thanked with an award for supporting children's charities that were under-represented and under-funded.
John continued to be highly commended for his work in the constituency and by the end of his ten years as an MP he had completed more than 111,000 pieces of casework, nearly seven times the average.