Sir Richard Leese announces Rusholme by-election

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As exclusively reported on, Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese has confirmed there will be a by-election in Rusholme in an email that has been passed to me. Councillor Kate Chappell, the Executive Member for the Environment, has resigned from the council to spend more time with her family. Rusholme is in Manchester Gorton, so likely to be on the same day as the Parliamentary By-Election.

Kate was seen by many in Manchester as a potential future Council Leader. Evidence I've received indicated that she had been bullied, but Chappell has strenuously denied these allegations. 


Sir Richard's Email to Councillors

Dear Comrades, 

Sad to have to let you know that Kate Chappell has resigned from the Council. However this is not for any negative reasons. Kate will remain an active campaigner for a Labour and hopes to return to the Council at sometime in the future. However, for the time being, she wants to continue spending a lot of time, while she can, with her three young children. I'm sure we will all want to thank Kate for her contribution and wish her well.

The by-election will be held on May 4th.

Best wishes,


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