11 Jul 2010

Hustings for Labour leader contest in Southampton

Hustings for Labour leader contest in Southampton
1:20pm Saturday 10th July 2010
Parliamentary Correspondent
LABOUR’S leadership hopefuls were today attempting to woo hundreds of party activists as the battle to replace Gordon Brown comes to Southampton.
A hustings event, held at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel in the city, saw members from across the South come face to face with the five contenders as they slug it out for votes.
Diane Abbott, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham, David Miliband and Ed Miliband, who were confirmed as candidates several weeks ago, have already taken part in a series of televised and live debates around the UK. .................

KEEN to paint himself as the working class, antielite, anti-London candidate, Scouser Andy Burnham believes his plan for a National Care Service, to provide financial security for older people faced with going into a care home, will be a vote-winner in the affluent South. The former health secretary – and vocal Everton FC supporter – claims to be “utterly and totally persuaded’’ by the benefits of water fluoridation. Backed by New Forest East constituency Labour party.

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