Candidates make their point

Parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northants Christine Emmett
Parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northants Christine Emmett

The Conservative and Lib Dem Parliamentary candidates for the Corby by-election have been on the campaign trail.

Conservative candidate Christine Emmett visited Irthlingborough Children’s Centre and Crowhill Community Centre with Maria Miller MP, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Margot James MP. Christine Emmett said: “I was delighted to welcome the new Culture Secretary and Margot James MP to Corby and East Northamptonshire today (September 26). Visiting these Sure Start Programmes it was clear to see what a difference this support can make to a child’s early years education.

“This is why it is so welcome that the Government has protected funding for Sure Start, and is providing more health visitors. If elected to represent Corby and East Northants in Westminster, I will make sure that social mobility remains a key priority for the Government.”

Maria Miller, said: “It was great to meet the people involved in the Sure Start programmes in Irthlingborough. And to meet the mums and children that benefit from this fantastic service.

“Christine is a great candidate, with a lot of experience who will be a fantastic local leader for the people of Corby and East Northamptonshire.”

Jill Hope, the Lib Dem candidate, spoke at the party’s annual conference in Brighton and called for more action to create more jobs in Corby, and to cut reoffending and free up extra money to spend on local policing. She said: “This morning, a delegate proposed building more prisons. I spoke against this because my work in Wellingborough Prison with pre-release prisoners has made me understand that people will continue to reoffend and cost us a fortune unless we provide them with the means of getting a job and becoming useful members of society. Keeping someone in prison is so expensive and this money could be so much better spent on more police officers.”