Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna opened Lucy’s ‘Putting Manchester First’ campaign rally on Saturday.
Lucy was joined in Ardwick by dozens of activists from across the Manchester region. Chuka Umunna MP and Labour’s Manchester Central campaign manager Jonathan Reynolds MP – together with Lucy – spoke at the rally before heading out to campaign across areas of Moston, Miles Platting, Moss Side and Ardwick.
High profile Labour shadow ministers will visit the constituency in the next couple of weeks to support Lucy as she aims to become the city’s first female Labour MP. Voters are being urged to send a message to the out-of-touch Tory-led Government after the by-election date for Manchester Central was confirmed for Thursday November 15.
Lucy Powell, Labour’s Manchester Central parliamentary candidate, said:
“I am proud to be standing as Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Manchester Central and I am determined to hold this out-of-touch Tory-led Government to account.
“They said we were ‘all in this together’, but they’re giving a tax cut to millionaires while thousands in Manchester are paying the price. They are letting Manchester down.”
Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Manchester Central campaign manager, said:
“Manchester is bearing the brunt of the savage cuts being imposed by the Tory-led government, so it’s more important than ever we have a strong voice in Parliament. That’s why I’m backing Manchester’s Lucy Powell. She’s tough and I know she’ll make a difference and will always put people in Manchester first.
“The by-election will be held on the same day as the elections for Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner. I’m urging people to vote for Labour twice on November 15 and send a message to this out-of-touch Government.”