Labour leader listens to Corby residents

Labour leader Ed Miliband with Paul and Barbara Webb of Great Oakley and the party's candidate in the by-election Andy Sawford
Labour leader Ed Miliband with Paul and Barbara Webb of Great Oakley and the party's candidate in the by-election Andy Sawford
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Labour’s Andy Sawford was joined by Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition, in Corby today (Tuesday, October 30) to launch his pledges for the by-election on Thursday, 15 November.

The pledges, which include protecting the local hospital, backing a bankers’ bonus tax to pay for a jobs guarantee for young people and keeping police on our streets, were launched at a meeting with local residents in a house in Barn Close, Great Oakley.

The Labour leader said: “When I came to Corby in August I promised that Labour would be knocking on every door, listening to every voter and would show local people how Labour is changing and is on their side.

“Since then we have knocked on tens of thousands of doors and listened to what local people have told us.

“People here have been badly let down by the Tories. They promised so much just two years ago – but have made things worse. Hard-working families and businesses are paying the price for the government’s mistakes while the Tories give a tax break to millionaires.”

Andy Sawford, Labour’s candidate in the by-election said: “I’m promising to continue the fight to save services at Kettering Hospital and fight for better services in Corby and East Northants as well. I’ll work with local businesses to bring more jobs and investment to the area, help families and pensioners and battle to keep the police on the streets.

“I want to tackle the problems caused by agencies only hiring from overseas. Most of all, I will always put local people and this area first.

“I mean what I say. I’ll keep my promises. My message to local people is that I won’t let them down.”