Labour peer David Clark returned to his political roots to launch Labour’s election campaign in Colne Valley alongside General Secretary, Iain McNicol.
Lord Clark was the Valley’s MP from 1970 to 1974 after his debut as a Labour parliamentary candidate. He later served as MP for South Shields and was a member of Tony Blair’s cabinet before being granted a peerage.
He and the Labour Party’s General Secretary, Iain McNicol, came together to cut a red ribbon at the entrance to Labour’s Colne Valley headquarters in Station Street, Meltham.
Lord Clark said we had a “mean-minded government which had plans to create an even meaner-minded society if they win the general election.
“However, one thing I do know from experience is that the people of Colne Valley have a great sense of fairness.”
He said the Tories had plans to reduce public spending to a level not seen since the 1930’s. And the Tories could not be trusted with the National Health Service, as demonstrated by the proposals for further cuts of £70 billion. “With cuts of that size we will end up propping up the NHS with collection tins on the streets of Huddersfield and Colne Valley.”
Lord Clark described Colne Valley’s Labour candidate, Jane East, as a compassionate, determined and hard-working woman whose experience would help build a fairer Britain. This is what the people of Colne Valley will want to see.
Jane added, “I know of the long history of social justice in Colne Valley, and I am proud to be taking up this mantle from David. I am working with all my heart to win back this seat for Labour. I want people to know that things don’t have to be like this.”
Mr McNicol said politics, under the coalition, had become too strong on megaphones and broadcasts. “We are going to get out on to the doorstep to convince people to go out and vote. It is all about conversations.”