General Election 2015: Ed Miliband’s wife Justine visits Corby

Justine Miliband took a selfie on the campaign trail during her visit to Corby

Justine Miliband took a selfie on the campaign trail during her visit to Corby

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Corby has had two high-profile visitors as the election campaign heats up with just two weeks to go.

Hilary Benn, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, was in town for the launch of the Corby Labour group’s manifesto and his visit was followed by Justine Miliband, wife of the national Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Justine Miliband meets Shirley Smith with daughters Holly, five, and Georgia, 11, during her visit to Corby

Justine Miliband meets Shirley Smith with daughters Holly, five, and Georgia, 11, during her visit to Corby

Mr Benn visited Corby to support the launch of Corby Labour’s manifesto at an event in front of Corby’s new cinema.

Tom Beattie, leader of Corby Council, said: “We are proud of our record but we want to do more, including improving the health offer for our residents which will soon see the overwhelming majority of their needs met here in Corby.”

Mrs Miliband was then in town to back Andy Sawford’s campaign to be re-elected as MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire. She called in to the Labour campaign HQ in Occupation Road to thank local campaign volunteers for all their efforts before meeting residents while doorknocking along West Glebe Road.

Also standing in the Corby and East Northants constituency are Tom Pursglove (Conservatives), Margot Parker (UKIP), Jonathan Hornett (Green Party), and Peter Harris (Liberal Democrats).

Hilary Benn in Corby with Cllr Tom Beattie and Andy Sawford

Hilary Benn in Corby with Cllr Tom Beattie and Andy Sawford

Mr Sawford said: “It was great to welcome Hilary and Justine to Corby.

They were both really impressed by the sense of spirit in the town and the hard work Labour activists are putting in.”