I have been running John's online campaign including his newsletters and this is a copy of an email sent out recently to supporters which has been placed here for anyone not subscribed to our newsletters.
Firstly, I want to say a personal thank you from myself, and on behalf of John Leech, for absolutely everything you have done for him and our campaign. If you stuffed envelopes, knocked on doors, phoned, delivered leaflets or anything else you did, it was gratefully appreciated. But a huge thank you to every single one of you who put a cross next to John's name.
It is easy for us to feel beaten up after the results but we must remember that we all put ourselves out there for a good man with the right values, and that is all that matters. We, John, you and I will continue to hold our heads up high for the campaign we ran and the personal vote that John received was truly overwhelming. The support and best wishes received on Facebook and Twitter has been heartwarming and we all thank you very much for them.
Over the last nine months I have been emailing you updates about what John has been up to and I hope they've been of some interest to you all. I've worked alongside John for nearly a year and I would like to say that it has been an absolute honour to do so. An MP that that not only works, but works tirelessly, day in, day out, all year round. An MP that really cares about this constituency and the people in it.
I know I don't need to persuade you that John's record over the last 10 years has been second to none. From simple measures like getting my wage back from an unfair employer to securing vital treatment for Rebecca's son, Mike. And from fixing footpaths and potholes to enabling Lorraine Fay's family to just get on with their lives. There's almost no one in south Manchester who hasn't been helped by John.
But that wasn't unusual for John, that was just what he did. And that's his record. That's the legacy he leaves behind.
Although not the result we were hoping for, some great news is that Liberal Democrat membership is increasing dramatically, with a new member every 30 seconds! We have just surpassed 220 members in the Manchester Withington constituency alone, and over 60,000 nationally! Without the Liberal Democrats in Government the Conservatives are now free to rule as they please and have already started making way on laws and policies the Lib Dems blocked. Join the fightback, be a part of the rebuild and become a member here.
Thank you for all you've done.
Team #Makeit15 Campaign Organiser