John Leech writes this month's Lib Dem blog, 'Back at it.'
It's been a while since we last spoke as it's been a bit hectic since the last election. We've had some turbulent council meetings, battling against Brexit, Liberal Democrat conference, lots of new campaigns and of course, we're already back out on the door ahead of next year's elections.
At the Liberal Democrat conference last week, we laid out our plans to tackle some of the major issues facing Manchester and I'm really proud of them; from housing refugees to banning plastic straws. You can check out the seven biggest things that will affect Manchester and the North West here.
Back in Manchester, the Lib Dem team have been hard at work holding the council to account. We uncovered that Labour's botched plans mean we will underspend on our road's repairs this year by nearly £18m. That's £18m that could have fixed roads, filled potholes and cleared gullies.
We also exposed Labour's outright lies over the future of Pride. They categorically claimed it would not be moved from its iconic location and less than six months later, it's been booted. We launched a campaign to keep Pride in the Gay Village, where it belongs. You can read more about that here.
Looking forward, we have lots of exciting events coming up. Tomorrow is the eve of the Tory Party conference and People’s Vote will be campaigning in Manchester. They will be running a “Brexitometer" to gauge public opinion in Manchester, collecting signatures for the People's Vote petition, which already stands at over 300,000, handing out leaflets and speaking to voters. I’ll be heading along with some friends and it would be really great to have a big Lib Dem turn out - as the only pro-European party. Just turn up to the stall which will be outside Boots on Market Street from 10am.
We also have our classic Pizza and Politics which is just £5 to cover costs and will held be in our opposition office of the Town Hall. We'll be debating policies and politics, as well as looking at how the party is moving forward. It's a really nice, relaxed event if you've not been involved with the Liberal Democrats before and you'll be sure of a warm welcome. Do try to book ahead here though as spaces are limited and the last event sold out.
Hope to see you soon!
Councillor John Leech
PS: Keep up to date with all our work on the council on our website at www.mcrlibdems.org.uk