|Richard Leese talking at the University of Salford in 2012.|
|Leader of Manchester City Council|
20 May 1996
|Preceded by||Graham Stringer|
|Born||Richard Charles Leese
21 April 1951 
|Alma mater||University of Warwick|
Sir Richard Charles Leese, CBE (born 21 April 1951) is a politician in Manchester, England. He has been the leader of Manchester City Council since 1996 and a member of the Labour Party since 1984.
Initially, Leese worked as a teacher of mathematics at Sidney Stringer School in Coventry and as an exchange teacher at Washington Junior High School in Duluth, Minnesota, USA before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker. Leese has been employed variously in youth work, community work, and education research 1979–1988.
Leese was elected to the Manchester City Council in 1984 and was its deputy leader from 1990 until 1996, having previously chaired the Education Committee (1986–1990) and Finance Committee (1990–1995). As of 2011 he is a Labour councillor in the Crumpsall ward.
He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2006 List after overseeing the 10-year regeneration of the city after the IRA bomb of 1996. He was awarded a Knighthood for "services to local government".
Leese was one of the main advocates of Congestion Charging in Greater Manchester, as part of a bid to the Government's Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) for a £2.7 billion package of transport funding for Greater Manchester. Congestion charging was ultimately rejected by the local population in a referendum.
He is current chair of the North West Regional Leaders Board (4NW).
On 14 April 2010 the BBC reported that Leese had stood down temporarily from his post as leader of Manchester City Council after having been arrested on suspicion of the common assault of his 16-year-old stepdaughter. He was released after accepting a police caution. According to The Guardian, this is an admission of guilt.
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|Leader of Manchester City Council