Who’s Who of politicians in Corby by-election visits

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visiting a construction site near Stanion, as part of his visit to the area, to campaign in the by-election with Conservative candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire Christine Emmett.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visiting a construction site near Stanion, as part of his visit to the area, to campaign in the by-election with Conservative candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire Christine Emmett.
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With a week to go until the polling stations open, the candidates in the Corby and East Northants by-election have been knocking on doors and talking to students and businesses as they fight for every last vote.

It’s not just the candidates who have been pounding the streets, the main parties have sent a Who’s Who of senior politicians to the constituency to make sure their candidate’s message is heard.

Everyone from Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Chancellor George Osborne and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dormey has been up from Westminster in the past few days in an attempt to woo voters.

With youth unemployment a particular focus of the campaign, Tresham College has been a popular port of call, with Nick Clegg, Ed Balls and Jack Dromey visiting in the past week.

All three spoke to students and lecturers as well as emphasising the need to tackle youth unemployment in the area.

Mr Balls said: “We need to get the jobs here and Andy Sawford is the man to do that.”

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna made his second visit to support Andy Sawford on Friday and David Miliband visited Thrapston with Mr Sawford today (Tuesday).

Also today, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles joined Conservative candidate Christine Emmett on the campaign trail in Oundle.

Mr Pickles said he had come to give Christine “a bit of support”. He added: “She’s a local businesswoman with deep roots in the area.

“It’s an enormous bonus for the party to have a candidate like Christine.”

Mrs Emmett said: “It’s a wonderful constituency and I care passionately about fighting for it. We are chasing every vote.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove is in Corby tomorrow to talk to pupils at Corby Technical College.

UKIP’s Margot Parker has been out and about telling people if they want a change from the established political system they have to vote for it.