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Video: Wortley sports pitch campaign’s new chair is a former Liberal Party leader

A campaign to stop housing being built on the former TV Harrison ground in Wortley has revealed its new chairman – former Liberal Party Leader Michael Meadowcroft.

Mr Meadowcroft aims to bring a rich political pedigree to his new role – he was Leeds West MP from 1983 to 1987 and was a councillor in Leeds for 15 years before that.

He was also the first leader of refounded Liberal Party between 1989 and 2002.

Reporter/producer Dave Redmond of CVS Digital spoke to Mr Meadowcroft while a game between LS12 Whites and LS12 Yellows was held on the ground yesterday. The video features the new ‘Bielsa the Redeemer’ mural in Oldfield Lane, and a brief match report.

Mr Meadowcroft wrote for WLD about the TV Harrison ground last week, advocating community ownership of the site. He added: “Community management can be immensely successful, as the example of Bramley Baths in our neighbouring community has shown. We intend to do the same.”

Leeds City Council is hoping to build up to 60 local authority properties on the site, arguing there are lengthy waiting lists for housing.

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