LIB DEM LEADER LAUNCHES ST PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN LEVENSHULME.

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has launched Manchester's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Levenshulme. He was presented with shamrock by Lawrence Hennigan, Chairman of the Levenshulme Trader's Association. He was also joined by Jackie Pearcey. Tim later opened her campaign office on the main Stockport Road. Jackie is the local candidate in the Parliamentary Byelection caused by the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman.

Levenshulme is home to one of the biggest Irish Communities outside Ireland and London. The community has been a sea of green all week. Joe Keegan from BBC's 'The Voice' launched the celebrations last week with Irish Dancers and Musicians in a special Mayo / Manchester Tradfest.

Tim Farron said, "It was great to wish residents in Levenshulme including local traders a Happy St Patrick's Day. This election in Manchester is hugely important to the large Irish Community here. In Jackie Pearcey - they will have a local champion who represented this area for 21 years and can deliver the real change places like Levenshulme need."

Jackie Pearcey said, "I have worked alongside the Irish Community for over 30 years. Many Irish residents are backing me because of their concerns over a 'hard Brexit.' They tell me how let down they feel by Labour MP's joining the Conservatives and UKIP. Labour MPs voted against plans to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in places like Manchester. This is a huge worry to Irish residents locally. They know that by supporting the Liberal Democrats they can send a clear message to the Government that we are on their side."

Lawrence Hennigan, Chairman of the Levenshulme Trader's Association said, "We were delighted that Tim Farron came to Levenshulme and launched our St Patrick's Day events. The Liberal Democrats have been very good to our Irish Community and its diaspora with former councillors like John Commons working alongside Jackie for all our local communities. We are pleased that Jackie has opened up a shop on our High Street and that she arranged for Tim to come on St Patrick's Day."

The areas of Levenshulme, Rusholme, Longsight, Gorton and Whalley Range is home to a huge Irish Community. Indeed, it was often the first stop for people emigrating to Manchester. The election is a straight fight between Jackie Pearcey of the Liberal Democrats or Labour. The Irish will have a huge say on who the next MP is.