Response to today's events in Manchester Council budget meeting

The Liberal Democrats have responded to today's shocking events in the council chamber after a row resulted in an aggressive confrontation from a senior Labour councillor.

Before today's meeting even began, a fierce standoff over party political messaging in the chamber erupted between senior Councillor and Labour Secretary Pat Karney and Lib Dem leader John Leech.

Leech took down a series of party political messaging that Karney had placed on the walls in an offence that clearly broke Council protocol.

That resulted in Karney storming around the chamber before standing over Leech and aggressively shouting at him for up to six minutes.

Karney demanded the signs back before eventually ripping them from Leech who had put them under his seat.

The Council's Deputy Leader Nigel Murphy could be seen laughing and recording the events.

It is unclear as to whether the material was printed at a cost to the taxpayer.

Responding to today's events, a Spokesperson for Councillor John Leech and the Manchester City Council Liberal Democrats said:

"Today's events were a clear example of Labour's rejection of Council democracy; ignoring rules for party political gain, aggressively shouting in member's faces and recording the events on smartphones.

"Councillors are elected to serve local people and the way senior Labour members behaved today undermines the very essence of public service.

"Pat Karney and the Labour group acted as though they were bullies in a playground gang, and it was an awful 
exposé of their character and those that stood by.

"The Liberal Democrats will not tolerate abuse, intimidation or bullying in any form, whether it be aimed at our councillors or members of the public, and this is a clear breach of that.

"We will be reporting today's events."

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