Ed Balls in Corby for by-election push

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The battle for votes in the Corby and East Northants by-election is heating up and today Labour’s shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, and Jack Dromey, the shadow housing minister, were in Corby.

Their first port of call was Tresham College, where they talked to construction and painting and decorating students and lecturers, and Andy Sawford, Labour’s candidate in the election, tried his hand at bricklaying.

Mr Balls joked: “This could be a dangerous moment in the by-election.”

The visit did have a serious message as Mr Balls announced Labour’s call to sell off the rights to the 4G mobile network and use the money to fund the building of 100,000s of homes in the country, creating thousands of jobs.

He said: “We want young people to come out of college and into jobs. We want to get jobs in to Corby which has a high youth unemployment rate and Andy Sawford is the man to do that.”

they then went on to Manor Court in Rockingham Road where 32 affordable homes have been built.

Tomorrow Communities Minister Eric Pickles will be in Oundle with the Conservatives’ candidate Christine Emmett.