Leech Lent A Helping Hand By Leader

By Simon Byrne

MANCHESTER WITHINGTON’S John Leech was joined by party leader Nick Clegg in a constituency visit as they sought to boost Liberal Democrat support ahead of the General Election.

Mr Clegg visited Mauldeth Road Primary School in Ladybarn, Withington and was even joined by BBC Political Editor, Nick Robinson.


Both Mr Clegg and Mr Leech were flocked by supporters as they approached the school in what will prove to be an important constituency. 

Mr Clegg said: “It was great to meet the children and they even grilled me in Spanish which I wasn’t expecting. As well as being excellent fun, it was really good preparation for the debate!” 

Both Mr Clegg and Mr Leech were joined by Withington Councillors Simon Wheale and Brendon Jones who are also school governors at Mauldeth Road. 

Cllr Wheale said: “It was a great honour to welcome Nick to the school and he was very impressed with the excellent work children are doing at this school.”


Mr Leech said that he believes Mr Clegg’s visit shows just how serious the campaign is in the Withington constituency. 

He said: “There is a great deal of excitement ahead of tonight’s debate and I know Nick will come out of it very well.  Many voters I have met on the streets have been telling me they are fed up of being told that Lib Dems can’t win round here, when it is quite clear we are winning here right now!” 

Mr Leech is currently defending his seat in Manchester Withington which he won from Labour in 2005 with 42.4% of the overall vote. 

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