Lib Dem Mayoral candidate Jane Brophy has welcomed the selection of well-known local campaigner Jackie Pearcey to fight the Gorton by-election.
"Jackie is passionate about Gorton and about Manchester. She's the only candidate who can beat Labour and she'll be a fantastic MP." said Jane.
Jackie Pearcey was the overwhelming choice of party members at a packed selection meeting to become the Liberal Democrat candidate in Manchester Gorton.
This is for the by-election following the death of the late MP Sir Gerald Kaufman in what is already building into a competitive two horse race between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
Jackie served as a Councillor in Manchester Gorton for over 20 years.
Jackie Pearcey said:
“I am really excited to have been selected by the Liberal Democrats to be the candidate in this by-election. Sir Gerald Kaufman served this area extremely well and it will be both a challenge and an honour to fill his shoes.
“Manchester Gorton deserves a local champion to stand up for our community against Theresa May’s hard Brexit plans, against the wishes of local people. Labour can’t stand up for us whilst they’re too busy arguing amongst themselves in Westminster and supporting the Tories on Brexit.
"Labour have also failed locally, just this week increasing council tax for Manchester’s poorest residents by 22%. It is clear that Labour has been treating Manchester like a one-party state and has been taking it for granted for too long.
“It is also vital that Manchester Gorton has someone to stand up for local NHS services, and defends them from Tory cuts. This great area deserves better.”