JOHN McDONNELL continues his anti-austerity tour today to bring hope to hard-pressed communities by setting out Labour’s plans for an economic revival.
The shadow chancellor is also targeting parliamentary constituencies held by Tory MPs with small majorities.
Dubbed the Road to Rebuilding the Economy, the tour began in Hastings, where former home secretary Amber Rudd has a majority of only 346.
Today he is visiting another prime target seat, the Nottinghamshire constituency of Broxtowe, where former minister for small business Anna Soubry has an 863-vote majority.
Mr McDonnell has also unveiled plans to visit “neglected” constituencies in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Scotland.
The tour includes meetings with trade unionists, business people, community campaigners and councillors.
Mr McDonnell, who will visit a different constituency every fortnight from now until the general election, said: “When Labour goes into government, everyone goes into government.
“Different areas have had different experiences over the last two generations and after a successful launch of Labour’s Road to Rebuilding the Economy tour in Hastings, we are now taking our campaign to Broxtowe in the East Midlands.
“Towns in the Midlands, north and on the coast have lost their traditional industries. Nothing has filled that gap and they have been let down badly by the Tory government, which has inflicted eight years of austerity on these communities.
“In Broxtowe and across the length and breadth of Britain, Labour will set out its plans to revive the economy and create jobs.”
In October, stops on the tour will include the West Yorkshire constituency of Pudsey, where Labour is seeking to overturn Tory MP Stuart Andrew’s majority of 331, and the Nottinghamshire seat of Mansfield, where Tory incumbent Ben Bradley has a 1,057 majority.
A list of Scottish constituencies to be visited will be unveiled later in the autumn. In December, Mr McDonnell’s tour will visit Blackpool.
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