- John Leech and the Liberal Democrats are celebrating a victorious result as the former MP has been elected to Didsbury West with an overwhelming majority of 702, overturning Labour's previous 810.
- John Leech won the party’s top target seat, Didsbury West, in what has been a triumphant day for the Liberal Democrats.
- Tim Farron, the party leader, hailed the win as: “a well deserved, long awaited and overwhelming triumph."
John Leech, the former MP for Manchester Withington, has been elected to Manchester council to represent Didsbury West ward with an overwhelming mandate of 52% in what has been a triumphant result for the Liberal Democrats. Voter turnout was unusually high at 44.4%.
The result means Manchester council is no longer a one party state.
John Leech said: “In 2005 I promised not to give up on the residents of Manchester Withington. I haven’t and I'm not going to. I will continue to fight for south Manchester as I always have done. I'm not going anywhere.”
“I couldn’t be happier to be back on the council and back in a position to help local residents.”
Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “John is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known and I am absolutely thrilled that his much needed voice is back on Manchester council. Where you work, you win. I am absolutely delighted that he is back where he belongs. This is a well deserved, long awaited and overwhelming triumph.”
John Leech now leads the voice of opposition on Manchester council.
John Leech concluded: “Being elected to Manchester council is an absolute privilege that I have never, and wouldn't ever, take for granted.
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- John Leech was elected with 53% of the vote on an unusually high turnout of 44.4%.
- John Leech has been elected to represent Didsbury West ward.
- John Leech was the MP for Manchester Withington from 2005 – 2015.