Ed Miliband’s right-hand woman was in Milton Keynes yesterday to show her support to the “golden vote” constituency.
Harriet Harman, deputy leader for the Labour party, visited the city to help launch the party’s general election campaign. She was joined leader of the council Pete Marland, and the city’s two Labour parliamentary candidates Emily Darlington and Andrew Pakes, at The Venue theatre at Walton High.
Ms Darlington says she is feeling extremely “positive” about her campaign in the run-up to May’s election.
She said: “Milton Keynes is such an amazing city - it has a combination of those old villages that maintain tradition, but also has new parts, and that is so exciting.
“The problem is it is almost a tale of two cities. We have so many great things happening with UCMK, OU and college, at the same time as having one in five children in poverty.”
Speaking to the Citizen in Walnut Tree, where supporters had turned out for the launch yesterday, Ms Harman said: “Milton Keynes is a great place, but people think things could be much better here with a government that was really backing business and making sure there were more jobs and apprenticeships, and that people would see an increase in their standard of living.”
Mr Pakes said: “It was great to have a big name like Harriet come to MK at the beginning of a campaign.
”Harriet has been a brilliant campaigner for a number of years, both for equality and giving working people a voice in politics and making sure that our issues are listened to.
“We’ve got a golden vote in MK South this year - whoever we choose as our MP, whichever party wins, will have a big bearing on which party gets to take over the government in May.”