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Harriet Harman and Liz visit Back O'th Moss Community Centre

“I get nervous about the gas bill arriving” - this is what Heywood and Middleton pensioners tell Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and Liz McInnes at the Back O'th Moss Community Centre luncheon club.

Harriet Harman was the latest senior Labour politician to hit Heywood and Middleton today as part of the Party’s by-election campaign to get Liz McInnes elected.

Ms Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, joined Liz McInnes at the Back O'th Moss Community Centre to have lunch with a group of pensioners to talk about their experience of the rising cost-of-living.

Harriet Harman, speaking after the lunch, said:

“It was a delight to meet with residents in Heywood, hearing over lunch about their experiences and discussing Labour’s plans to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and support for the NHS.

“As the autumn evenings draw in, concern about the cost of heating becomes more pronounced. The Government has allowed energy bills to rise by hundreds of pounds over the last four years and the worry that this brings was certainly reflected in the conversations we had today.

“Our energy market is broken and Labour has firm plans to fix it - freezing bills whilst we do so, saving the average household £120.

“A vote for Liz McInnes on Thursday will send a message to this Government that only Labour have a clear plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis for everyone.”

Liz McInnes, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Heywood and Middleton added:

“I really enjoyed having lunch with the residents today and it was really useful to hear about their experiences of managing their budgets. Unfortunately energy bills were not the only example given, with food prices and the cost of travelling about town also being raised.

“Harriet spoke eloquently about Labour’s plans to make sure those who earn the most are paying their way to make sure household bills, the cost of food and the public transport remain affordable for everyone.

“Another concern was access to a GP appointment and changes the residents are seeing to their health services. I promised that if elected on Thursday I will use my 33 years of working in the NHS to be a loud voice for them in parliament.”

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