Minister warns of election backlash
A senior minister door-knocking in Stevenage today (Monday) said this weeks European and local elections will be hard on the government. Ed Balls, children, schools and families secretary was in Stevenage this afternoon door-stepping residents in Symond
A senior minister door-knocking in Stevenage today (Monday) said this weeks' European and local elections will be hard on the government.
Ed Balls, children, schools and families secretary was in Stevenage this afternoon door-stepping residents in Symonds Green to try and drum up support for Labour in Thursday's county and European elections.
But he admitted it was an uphill struggle after the political fall-out from the expenses scandal.
"I think it's going to be really, really hard for the government and the Conservatives as well," he said.
You may also want to watch:
But he added: "Every parliament has a tough time in the third and fourth term. But governments have won (general) elections even if they lose the European elections the year before."
He welcomed the new culture of openness in the Commons, but said "radical reform" was needed that went beyond the expenses system to gain the trust of the public.
- 1 Multiple cars involved in A1(M) collision
- 2 Letchworth and Baldock Sergeant set to retire after two decades in Herts
- 3 Plans drawn up to reduce places at primary schools due to surplus
- 4 Box Wood: 42 acres of ancient woodland sold at auction
- 5 Stevenage in UK's top 25 for community spirit
- 6 Bowling alley refurb celebrated in Hollywood style
- 7 Delivery driver forced to floor in mobile phone robbery
- 8 6 of the best places to hot tub in and around Hertfordshire
- 9 Devastated wife pays tribute to Stewart Macgregor following e-scooter accident
- 10 Misogyny as a hate crime 'would get us nowhere'
"For MPs of my generation it's a relief - I thought we were there to represent our constituency," he said, "We need to be open so people can see what is going on. The media and Freedom of Information Act have done a good job - MPs who have fraudulently done things should be thrown out."