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Campaigning starts early as Labour MP lends support in Swindon
12:20pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
LABOUR fired the opening shots in the battle for the North Swindon parliamentary seat when shadow cabinet minister, Hilary Benn, visited Abbey Meads to support candidate Mark Dempsey.
North Swindon is one of the 106 battleground seats announced this week where Labour will be focusing its efforts to secure a working majority in Government at the next General Election.
Yesterday the MP, shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, met Coun Dempsey and other Labour activists outside Abbey Meads Primary School to speak to families about the effects they are feeling from the national spending cuts.
Mr Benn said: “North Swindon is important for us because we’re fighting hard to win here.
“We want to win the people’s trust and confidence and get a Labour Government elected. It’s about persuading people that what the Government is doing is wrong, it’s unfair and it’s not working.”
Coun Dempsey said hard-working families were finding life financially harder while millionaires were getting tax cut.
“The support from Westminster is brilliant,” he said.
“It’s great to have Hilary here. We’re already campaigning hard in North Swindon and with a clear vision for the future of Swindon on issues that people care about.”