Middleton shoppers were given the chance to have their say this morning as Labour brought the latest heavyweight to town as part of their bid to secure Liz McInnes the parliamentary seat in next week’s by-election.
Jim Murphy, Labour’s shadow international development secretary, joined Liz McInnes outside Middleton precinct and took to his soapbox to take questions from the crowd.
Questions about childcare, the economy, schools and immigration were thrown at Jim whose experience of recently completing 100 street corner events in 100 days for the Better Together campaign during the Scottish referendum showed as Middleton residents’ feelings ran high in a lively exchange.
Speaking after the event, Jim Murphy MP, Shadow International Development secretary, said:
“People here are angry about changes they are seeing that they didn’t vote for. They’re worried about what their kids are going to do when they leave school; about how they’ll pay for childcare so they can go back to work, and whether they’ll be able to see their GP when they need to.
“Liz McInnes has worked in the NHS for the last thirty years and knows only too well what a successful effective service that puts patients first looks like.
“The people of Heywood and Middleton have a choice to make next Thursday and only a vote for Liz will be a vote to secure the services they need.”
Liz McInnes, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Heywood and Middleton by-election, added:
“The NHS dominated today’s questions, and the passion from those asking them made it clear just how worried people are about changes they are seeing to their health service.
“I am standing in next week’s election so I can continue Jim Dobbin’s legacy, and use my experience for the people of Heywood and Middleton by taking a stand against this Tory-led Government by investing in GP practices and protecting our hospitals.”