The Labour Party is coming to Leeds for the first in a series of Labour Roots events – and have targeted the marginal Pudsey Constituency as a key battleground at the next General Election.
The party says the Labour Roots events aim to bring the Labour Party and communities across the country together to “discuss politics, build friendships and prepare for a Labour government”.
On Saturday, June 1, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP and Pudsey prospective parliamentary candidate Jane Aitchison will be talking about attacks on public services with campaign groups and local people.
Ms Aitchison said:
“Pudsey has some top-class public services and the constituency has a high proportion of public sector workers working their hardest to deliver those services which we all need, despite Tory austerity cuts.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and a breath of fresh air to have the Labour government in waiting not sitting in London “knowing best” but coming up here to listen to what Pudsey people want and need! I always say actions speak louder than words and we are proving by our actions that Labour will be a Government for the many – by the many.”
In the 2017 general election, Conservative MP Stuart Andrew held his Pudsey seat by a little over 300 votes from Labour challenger Ian McCargo.
The Pudsey event coincides with other events across the Leeds, which will also see Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn visit Leeds. Diane Abbott will be visiting Harehills to talk about racism.
The day will be rounded off with a rally and music in Leeds city centre. There will be speeches from shadow cabinet members including Angela Rayner MP, Barry Gardiner MP, Diane Abbott MP and Richard Burgon MP, as well as Jane Aitchison. Jeremy Corbyn will also be present.
Tickets are available from the Labour Party website, are free and allocated on a first come first served basis.
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