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Metrolink's landmark second city crossing is stark reminder of what is at risk with Brexit, say Remain Campaigners

  • Metrolink's ‘big-bang’ expansion will come into operation this weekend as the new Second City Crossing opens on Sunday 26th February.
  • Prominent Remain campaigners have warned projects like this - funded by the EU - are at serious risk.
  • Mayoral candidate pledges to fight against Brexit "every step of the way."
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Student safety still huge concern as burglaries increase

  • Uni of Manchester has highest burglaries outside of London.
  • Report shows more than 800 burglaries in one year.
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Council's backtrack on Princess Road speed limit reduction is an "enormous betrayal of local people."

  • Council backtracks on promise to reduce speed limit on deathtrap road.
  • Only one out of six local councillors turned up to Executive meeting.
  • Leech: "People's lives are at risk, what more reason does this council need to reduce the speed limit?!"
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'Alan Turing Law' welcomed by pardon architect and campaign leader: "This is a hugely historic, proud and deeply emotional day"

  • 'Alan Turing Law' to pardon 75,000+ people criminally convicted of homosexuality finally passed today.
  • Architect of Alan Turing's pardon, John Leech, has welcomed the 'historic moment'.
  • Leech led campaign to pardon Turing and 75,000+ others criminally convicted of homosexuality.
  • Leech: "utterly disgusting and ultimately just embarrassing" that the convictions were upheld as long as they were.
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Manchester trade seriously threatened by Hard Brexit, says think tank.

  • Report by Centre for Cities shows more than half of Manchester exports go to EU.
  • Prominent Remain campaigners call on Theresa May to guarantee access to single market to protect city's prosperity. 
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Most vulnerable at risk as millions slashed from Greater Manchester councils

  • Manchester & Salford Councils alone are set to lose out on more than £3m through New Homes Bonus & Adult Social Care Grant changes.
  • Vulnerable and elderly people are most at risk as Adult Social Care is hacked away.
  • Leech: "Without an effective opposition the Conservatives are just slashing away."
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Student exchange in Greater Manchester must be protected from Brexit as thousands are set to lose out

  • Greater Manchester's top Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to protect the student exchange programme.
  • Mayoral candidate Jane Brophy: "I will fight against this brutal Brexit agenda every single step of the way."
  • Former MP John Leech: "We are about to rob a whole generation of its best opportunities."
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Manchester Council accused of social cleansing as it refuses to guarantee affordable homes in a development of up to 2,500

  • One of the city's own councillors has accused the council of a 'Labour-style social cleansing' after refusing to guarantee any affordable homes.
  • Up to 2,500 new houses will be built but no guarantee that any will be affordable.
  • Leech: "To build 2,500 new unaffordable houses is an insult to the 14,000 people currently on waiting lists across the city."
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Questions to Council 25/01/17

Below are John Leech's questions to council for Wednesday 25th January 2017. You can watch the meeting live here.

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Former Manchester MP declares war on dating apps after uncovering 'distressing' rise in related sexual assaults

  • Serious sexual assault including rape related to two main dating apps has dramatically increased.
  • Former Manchester MP launches campaign calling on Tinder and Grindr to display safety notices.
  • John Leech: "Tinder and Grindr should not be let off the hook over such a serious and shocking lapse in care to their users."
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