Politicians were on the election trail in Corby and East Northants this week as the date of the by-election was set for Thursday, November 15.
The Labour Party held a question and answer session with local families and carers at Pen Green Children’s Centre, Corby, on Monday.
MP Rachel Reeves, the party’s shadow chief secretary to the treasury, said: “The Tory priority is to give millionaires an annual tax break of £40,000 – that’s more than twice the wage of many people here in Corby and East Northamptonshire.
“With a million unemployed young people and millions of families trying to cope with rising food bills and energy costs, it’s clear that the Tories are totally out of touch.”
Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, was also at the Pen Green Centre and former Labour cabinet minister Tessa Jowell was in Corby today (Tuesday, October 23) meeting residents and rallying support for the party’s candidate in the by-election, Andy Sawford.
Meanwhile Conservative Party candidate Christine Emmett set out her seven priorities for Corby and East Northamptonshire.
She has vowed to have constituency offices in Corby, Thrapston and Oundle, to fight for more business investment for the area, to support tax-cutting measures, put the constituency before Westminster, to campaign against wind farms in rural communities, to protect health services and to hold regular local surgeries.
She said: “On Thursday, November 15, people in Corby and East Northamptonshire will have the chance to vote for a strong voice for their community, for a candidate who listens to them and knows how to get things done.
“Labour has nothing to offer the people of Corby and East Northamptonshire except more borrowing, more spending and more debt. We mustn’t let them do it again.”
On Sunday (October 28) the Green Party’s newly-elected leader Natalie Bennett is to visit Corby to support its candidate in the by-election, Jonathan Hornett,
After taking part in the national anti-austerity march in London at the weekend, she said: “The government can’t continue with its economically illiterate cuts – we must invest in decent homes, renewable energy, public services, public transport and the infrastructure we need to bring manufacturing back to Britain.”
Mr Hornett said: “The issues raised in Saturday’s march are exactly those that affect the people of Corby and East Northants. We must get the message out that a vote for the Green Party offers a chance to redress the disastrous mistakes made by this and previous governments.”
Natalie Bennett and Mr Hornett will be at Danesholme Community Centre, in Boden Close, on Sunday from midday until 2pm. The meeting is open to all Green Party members.