Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband was back in Corby today ahead of next week’s by-election, and has called on voters to send out a message.
Labour leader Ed Miliband enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat with people in the town’s Morrisons Supermarket, off Oakley Road today. (Fri, November 9)
He was electioneering with Labour’s candidate for the vacant Corby and East Northamptonshire seat, Andy Sawford, on his forth visit to the town ahead of next week’s vote.
He said: “This is the first by-election to be held in an constituency that the Conservatives held and this is people’s chance to send a message right across the country as well as selection the right candidate locally.
“It’s chance to send a message to show that the country is heading in the wrong direction under the Conservatives.
“Andy has knocked on thousands of people’s doors, and he has shown that he is willing to deal with local issues such as Kettering Hospital, youth jobs, agency work, and crime.
“We’ve met with people today who recognise Andy from his door-stepping.”
Voters will go to the polls next Thursday.
Mr Miliband added: “I’m optimistic for next week. Some postal votes have been cast, but the majority have yet to be.
“There’s still six days left and I’m sure Andy will be pounding the shoe leather in the constituency.”
Mr Miliband also spoke to other local residents during his visit to the supermarket, and spoke to people in its cafe with Mr Sawford.
Today, Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering, spoke in a debate he called on the issue of the Healthier Together review of Kettering Hospital.
Mr Sawford said: “I welcome the way Philip Hollobone has taken up this very important issue for the area.
“If I’m elected as MP for Corby and East Northants then I will look to work with Mr Hollobone and everyone else who wants to fight for the truth and to save the hospital’s services.”