The results are out! John Leech stormed to victory winning his place back on the council with 53% of the vote!
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.”
He added: “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 met and I am absolutely thrilled that his much needed voice is back on Manchester council.”
Farron added: “Where you work, you win. And nobody fought harder this year and nobody deserves to celebrate more today, than John Leech and his team. I am absolutely delighted that he is back where he belongs.
“Congratulations to John and his team, this is a well deserved, long awaited and overwhelming triumph.”
John Leech now leads the voice of opposition on Manchester council.
The former ‘MP of the Year’ award winner, John Leech, concluded: “Manchester residents appreciate the hard work that we do around the area and it's an absolute honour to be elected back on to the council. It is a privilege that I have never, and wouldn't ever, take for granted.
“I want to say a huge thank you to every single person who voted for me; to everyone who has supported my campaign and to all my friends, family, volunteers and activists who have fought so hard with me over the last 12 months.
“The dedication has been truly heart-warming, and today, it has paid off.
“Today, I share this victory with you all."