Ed Balls rallies Stevenage to vote Labour
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was in Stevenage this afternoon (Thursday), telling residents who voted in a Conservative MP at the last election to trust Labour at next week’s local elections.
The politician was in the town centre in his role as East of England Champion for the local elections along with Richard Hewitt, Labour MEP for the region and Labour town councillors.
“We had a bad general election last time,” Mr Balls said. “Not just in Stevenage but across the whole of the region. But things are changing. Talking to people in the town centre, a lot of people who voted Lib Dem as well as Conservative are concerned.
“There’s been the biggest fall in consumer confidence, businesses cannot hire another worker. Spending cuts are just so fast - if you go that fast you just make things worse.”
He added that Labour voters must turn out at the local elections on May 5, or risk losing seats to other parties.
“The danger would be if people who voted Labour don’t come out. If they decided to stay at home and not vote. We need them to come out and vote Labour.”
- 1 Icon building planning appeal quashed after High Court review
- 2 Cat owner given 'best Christmas present' after being reunited with missing Maine Coon five years after disappearance
- 3 Woman pleads guilty to smashing bottles of booze worth £10,000
- 4 Bubble tea emporium opens in Stevenage
- 5 Men sentenced after guns and class A drugs uncovered at Ickleford property
- 6 New QEII Urgent Care Centre opening hours set to change
- 7 College releases statement after medical incident sparks social media rumours
- 8 Met police officer pleads not guilty to 20 charges including seven rapes
- 9 Stevenage Pizza Hut closure prompts Nando's plans
- 10 A taste of what's to come: We look at Tranquil Turtle's menu ahead of opening