Labour’s campaign to ensure that Justin Madders becomes Ellesmere Port & Neston’s next MP enjoyed a huge boost on Friday (13th March), as Tom Watson MP visited to speak with residents on the doorstep and activists at a party fundraiser.
Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East in the Midlands is best known for tackling Rupert Murdoch and Rebecca Brooks during the phone hacking scandal. His work as a member of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has won plaudits from all sides of the political spectrum.
Following a couple of hours out on the doorstep talking with residents, Mr Watson joined Justin Madders and outgoing MP Andrew Miller at a party fundraiser at the Whitby Sports and Social Club. The event was a huge success, attracting party supporters from across the region.
Speaking after the event, Justin Madders said:
“Tom Watson MP is a very well respected politician and I was extremely pleased to welcome him to the area. Tom was able to speak at length about his work, not only on the phone hacking scandal, but also on issues like the campaign for justice for the Hillsborough families.
As well as helping us to raise some funds for the campaign, I was delighted that Tom offered to join party activists out on the streets of Ellesmere Port, talking to local residents about issues that matter to them.
I make no secret about the fact that the Conservatives have the means to outspend us in this election, but our strength is in having an excellent group of Local Councillors working hard and in the number of volunteers who have been out speaking with residents every week.”
Tom Watson MP added:
“Justin is an outstanding candidate who will be a powerful voice for Ellesmere Port. He will fight for local people and that's the kind of MP I want to see in Westminster.”