In pictures: Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves visits Kettering Morrisons and Cheaney Shoes in Desborough to meet business leaders

As the General Election campaign intensifies with manifesto launches due this week, the woman widely expected to be the country’s next chancellor returned to her Kettering roots with a trip down the shops and popping into a shoe factory.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves toured Kettering Morrisons with her sister Ellie and Kettering Labour candidate Rosie Wrighting before travelling to Desborough to visit Cheaney Shoes Ltd.

Ms Reeves was at Morrisons in Lower Street to speak to parents of young children about how they are coping with the cost of living crisis and issues like childcare.

Accompanied by her sister, who is Labour’s deputy national campaign coordinator, and Ms Wrighting, the politicians met Morrisons chief executive Rami Baitiéh.

Kettering is a place she knows from her childhood. She used to come here to see her grandparents Trevor and Violet in the summer holidays.

Her tour of Cheaney saw her try her hand at part of the shoe-making – gluing a heel – under the watchful eye of veteran employee Steve Band.