This afternoon I attended the AGM of Withington Civic Society at Withington Methodist Church. The AGM is always very well attended; Roger Smith the Chairman gave an update on the year's work, including a discussion on the successful campaign to tackle the spread of Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) in South Manchester. It's interesting that Labour have tried to claim the credit for the proposed changes, when Roger reminded everyone how he had come down to Parliament with Lib Dem Councillor Simon Wheale and we had met up with the Minister to argue the case for a change in the law. I don't think we can overstate the energy and effort by Roger and other members of the Civic Society in forcing the Government into changing the law, and it is people like Roger that deserve the credit, not the Labour Party.
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