DMU students team up with Leicester City Council for a mass clean up across the city

by Ayan Omar and Cristina Olaru

Students donned rubber gloves to take part in a mass clean-up of Leicester city today as part of a major community project.

De Montfort University organised the mass volunteering event today (FRIMAR1), alongside Leicester City Council, during which students helped clean the streets, libraries and community centres.

The Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby joined the event and supported the clean up by removing stickers from street furniture and picking up litter and rubbish.

Mr Soulsby said: “Over the last few years De Montfort University has more and more become engaged in the community of Leicester – and it has become more and more important for the city.

“I think this latest event is just one more example of how Leicester and De Montfort University are helping each other.”


The aim of this event is to engage more younger generation to contribute in the well-being of their community.

‘Brexit is the worst thing to happen to this country since Suez Crisis’ says Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby

by Cristina Olaru and Ayan Omar 

The Mayor of Leicester was unequivocal in his condemnation of Brexit as the worst disaster to befall Britain since the Suez Crisis.

Mr Soulsby was speaking today (FRIMAR1) at a mass volunteering day organised by De Montfort University along with Leicester City Council.

Students, along with Mr Soulsby, took part in the mass community service where they helped clean-up streets, libraries and community centres across the city.

Asked his thoughts about the UK heading towards Brexit from the European Union on March 29, Mr Soulsby said: “Brexit is a disaster. It is the worst thing to happen in British political life in not just decades but generations.

“The worst thing that I can compare it to – it’s even worse – is the Suez Crisis in the 1950s.”

Mr Soulsby urged the younger generations to take a stance in the Brexit debacle, saying: “I think my generation will regret it. I hope your generation will repair it.”

The Suez Crisis in 1956 was sparked when Egyptian president Gamal Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal. Israeli, British and French forces seized it back, before being forced by international pressure to withdraw.