Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman will today (Monday, September 3) launch a huge campaign to listen to the residents of Corby and East Northamptonshire.
She will be visiting Morrisons supermarket, in Oakley Road, with Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in the November 15 by-election, Andy Sawford.
They are to meet staff and shoppers from about 11.20am and will invite them to take part in the listening exercise. The pair will later take part in a doorstep campaign session.
Harriet said: “We are listening to the issues and concerns of the British people. That’s why I am delighted to be here in Corby and East Northamptonshire today to launch Andy’s listening campaign.
“The Tories promised change but they are out of touch with the people of Corby and East Northamptonshire. And the Lib Dems have broken the promises they made before the General Election.
“The number of young people out of work for 12 months and over has soared over the last year and household budgets are continuously being squeezed. The people of Corby and East Northamptonshire deserve better. Andy Sawford puts the people of Corby and East Northamptonshire first. He would make a great MP.
“In Andy the people of Corby and East Northamptonshire have the opportunity to put their trust in a local candidate who is determined to the listen to them and who will act on their concerns.”
The launch at Morrisons marks the beginning of a major consultation in which 50,000 residents are being sent a questionnaire. In addition, a newspaper, which will include the survey, is to be delivered to residents in the constituency.
For people who would like to give their views online, the questionnaire will also be available at www.andysawford.org.uk
Mr Sawford said: “I believe a local MP can change things for the better. If I’m elected I will take what local people say seriously and work as hard as I can to help them. I’m determined to listen to every voter and I won’t let them down.
“I want to ensure that everyone in Corby and East Northamptonshire has the opportunity to raise their issues and concerns with me. That is why I am launching this campaign, which is the biggest of its kind to be carried out in Corby and East Northamptonshire.
“I want to show those who say all politicians are the same and that voting won’t make a difference that I won’t let them down. I’ll be a full-time MP, working as hard as I can to improve things in this area and help local people.”