Canvassing in Erewash: Door knocking in the Derby Road wards
13 January 2019
Labour party activists joined local councillors, Howard and Margaret Griffiths, and prospective parliamentary candidate Catherine Atkinson speaking to residents in Wellington Street and the surrounding area yesterday.
All three candidates are well known in the area because of all their hard work over the years. Today they were assuring residents of their opposition to High Speed 2 and explaining why they object to the scheme. They had met with residents during the consultation before Christmas and help spread awareness so people could register their views formally. The government’s response to the consultation will be available soon.
Cllr Margaret Griffiths said “I hope the consultation outcomes reflect resident’s concerns about the impact of the scheme in the town and surrounding areas. Residents can be assured we will continue to stand up for them whatever happens”
Following the morning’s activity, local activists joined Labour’s candidate for Derby Road West, Andy Coles, and Parliamentary candidate Catherine Atkinson talking to residents on Springfield Avenue and neighbouring streets.
It was clear from talking to people that residents feel let down by the Tory Government and Borough Council and are ready for change. As well as issues with East Midlands Homes, residents expressed their outrage at the unprecedented homelessness problems and reliance on food banks that have arisen in Long Eaton over the last few years.
Andy Coles, who is aware of these problems through his voluntary activities with Long Eaton organisations and residents, is standing for Labour in the area. He said “I picked up some case work that I will follow up on but I was pleased to hear that residents here are as appalled as I am about how people are being treated. I am determined to help our most vulnerable residents as part of a Labour run council.”