Communities secretary Eric Pickles joins Corby by-election campaign

Christine Emmett with communities secretary Eric Pickles
Christine Emmett with communities secretary Eric Pickles

The communities secretary Eric Pickles was in Oundle today (Tuesday, November 6).

Mr Pickles joined the Conservatives’ candidate in the Corby and East Northants by-election Christine Emmett on the campaign trail. He said: “I’ve known Christine for a good few years and have come along to give her a bit of support. She is a local business woman with deep roots in the constituency.”

Talking about the resignation of Louise Mensch, which caused the by-election that will be held on Thursday, November 15, he said: “It’s time to look to the future, she had a very difficult choice to make, but it is an enormous bonus for us to have a candidate like Christine.”

Earlier in the day Mr Pickles had announced a proposed change to pension fund rules for local government which will allow them to invest more money in infrastructure projects. He said: “It will take a little time to have an effect on jobs but it is something that works in America, Europe and Canada.

“We are saying to people, yes it has been a very difficult time, it’s not been easy but we are on the right course to make sure it never happens again.”

Mrs Emmett said the campaign was going well. She said: “I’ve got a great team behind me and we are working very hard, and chasing every vote. I’m passionate about the constituency and bringing better, high quality jobs here.”

David Miliband joined Andy Sawford in Thrapston today and the education secretary Michael Gove will be visiting Corby Technical School with Christine tomorrow.