Election 2010: Eddie’s serious on Powell

[from southmanchesterreporter.co.uk]

Labour has been wheeling out the big guns as it makes a big push to win the Withington seat.

The second week of campaigning in the run up to elections on May 6 saw visits from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former cabinet minister David Blunkett and even comedian Eddie Izzard.

Eddie added a touch of showbiz glamour as he helped Withington candidate Lucy Powell launch the party’s north west manifesto on Monday, April 19.

He told the Reporter:?”I’m here to support Lucy Powell who will be a fantastic MP for Withington.”

Eddie, who splits his time between homes in London and Los Angeles, admitted that even though Gordon Brown may not be the best at smiling he still backed him as the best person to lead the country.

“It’s great to have humour in politics but we are talking about serious things here,” he said.

Mr Brown visited the Siemens factory on Thursday, April 15 ahead of that evening’s leaders’ TV debate.

Lucy Powell said: “I think Gordon’s visit sends the signal that we are fighting hard to win this seat.

“If we want a Labour government not a Tory one we have to win Withington.”

Former home secretary David Blunkett and Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins also hit the campaign trail on April 15 with Lucy Powell, visiting the Barlow Moor Community Centre in Chorlton where they met residents to discuss Labour’s plans to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Around 30 elderly residents from the estate questioned Blunkett on how his party could end problems such as gangs of youths setting fires and riding off-road bikes.

Mr Blunkett also warned that increasing employment in the public sector was key to improving deprived areas, and warned that cuts to public spending would have a knock-on effect ‘that everyone would feel’.

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