Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Meeting Starts with Blazing Row

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Meeting Starts with Blazing Row

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AN extraordinary shouting row has erupted at Manchester council's annual budget meeting yesterday morning before proceedings had even began.

The blazing argument was prompted by a sign put up by Labour above the Lord Mayor's chair at the front of the council chamber, reading '10 Years of Tory And Lib Dem Cuts' - a sign aimed at the town hall's Liberal Democrat opposition benches.

When Lib Dem leader John Leech entered the chamber, he began to pull down the message - prompting Labour's city centre chief Pat Karney to sprint across the length of the room to begin remonstrating.

Shouting at Coun Leech, he told him to hand over the laminated A4 pieces of paper at least 11 times.

"They're mine, give them back to me," he shouted at the councillor, as other Labour members looked on in amazement. …

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