Manchester Gorton Liberal Democrat Byelection Candidate Jackie Pearcey has described welcoming the Watoto Children's Choir from Kampala, Uganda to Longsight as 'truly uplifting.'
The African Choir are made up of children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or war. Jackie was joined at the New Covenant Church on Matthews Lane, Longsight by Baroness Susan Kramer and Baroness Sarah Ludford and Lord Roger Roberts.
Jackie said, "After 30 years campaigning across the Gorton Constituency, I have never been so humbled by such a wonderful group of people. These children are inspirational. Out of adversity has emerged a wonderful, inspirational, happy choir. I was proud to welcome them. The New Covenant Church is a major part of our community and this concert really was one of the highlights of our busy, cultural calendar."
Lib Dem Peer Lord Roger Roberts is a huge fan of the choir. Last year, he invited the Watoto Children's Choir to perform at the Houses of Parliament.
Lord Roberts, who was visiting the area to support Jackie Pearcey's election campaign said, "We were proud to join the choir on stage as they sang for us. They have amazing voices and were excited to be bringing their World Tour to Manchester. Kampala and the rest of Uganda has really benefited from International Aid. It's economic growth is because of that. I'm proud that the Liberal Democrats have supported that wholeheartedly."