Chancellor visits Corby link road site

Chancellor George Osborne was on the campaign trail today (Friday, November 3) and it took him to the A43 Corby link road site.

He was joined by the party’s candidate in the Corby and East Northants by-election, Christine Emmett.

Mr Osborne, said: “We’re fixing the mess that Labour made of the economy. Here in Corby and East Northamptonshire you see unemployment coming down, people in work, apprenticeships up - and it’s because we’re dealing with the debts that Labour left behind that we’re able in invest in things like the new Corby link road. So you are seeing here the practical benefit of getting on top of the country’s economic problems.

“People here are going to look at the big issues. Do you want to say to the Labour Party - more spending, more borrowing, more debt is the answer to Britain’s problems. I don’t think so, and I think people will weigh that all up as they vote.”

On Thursday, Mrs Emmett was joined by the health secretary Jeremy Hunt and environment secretary Owen Paterson as they campaigned.

Mr Paterson and Mrs Emmett spoke to traders and shoppers at Oundle market and then it was on to Thrapston livestock market where they held a question and answer session with county farmers.

In the afternoon the health secretary visited Kettering General Hospital and later went on to Irthlingborough.

Labour’s shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, was also in Corby today visiting AGI Amaray with the party’s candidate Andy Sawford, who has promised to fight for more jobs for young people in the constituency and provide help for local firms.

On Thursday night UKIP’s candidate Margot Parker was joined by party leader Nigel Farage at a public meeting in the Great Hall at Oundle School.

He said: “We are making good progress in the campaign and it would be wrong for people to think our supporters are all disenchanted Conservative voters.

“Supporters of old Labour, people who do not want this country governed by foreign bureaucrats, are backing us.”

James Delingpole, the anti-wind farm campaigner who pulled out of the by-election, county councillor Alan Pote, who joined UKIP this week, and Northamptonshire MEP Derek Clark, also attended the meeting.

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is to hold a public meeting in Corby on Saturday, November 10, at Ennerdale Road Community Centre, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Adam Lotun, an independent anti-cuts candidate in the by-election, will be talking about the TUSC’s alternative to austerity measures.

He will be joined by TUSC chairman Dave Nellist and Paul Crofts, an Independent Socialist Network member.