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John Leech wins "Lib Dem MP of the Year" award

July 15, 2013 11:08 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

At a packed awards ceremony at the House of Commons, South Manchester MP John Leech was awarded the first ever "Lib Dem MP of the Year" for his work with disadvantaged groups.

He received the award from House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.

The Patchwork Foundation is the first BME charity to ever give awards out, following nominations from members of the public, and applications considered by an independent judging panel. John was one of over a dozen Lib Dem MP's nominated.

John Leech MP said today,

"I just want to do the best I can to represent my constituents in South Manchester. I appreciate this honour because it comes from Independent judges and an BME charity, the Patchwork foundation, that campaigns for a more equal and integrated society."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added,

"I want to congratulate Patchwork Foundation for all the excellent work they have done over the last 12 months to help encourage the positive integration of deprived and minority communities into British political society and for establishing the ground breaking awards. I also congratulate all the Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament on their nominations as MP of the Year and especially John Leech for winning the Liberal Democrat MP of the Year Award.

"John has been a tireless champion for this constituents for over 8 years and has ensured that he has represented all the views of those communities traditional excluded by the political process. John is a fantastic example of how Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament believe it is important we work with all our deprived and minority communities to help build a stronger economy and fairer society."