Ruth Kelly launches Labour's Local Election Campaign in the North

March 31 2008 

Ruth Kely launches regional campaignLabour’s Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Transport visited the North East on Monday to officially launch Labour’s local election campaign in the region.

Ruth Kelly launched the campaign during a visit to the City of Durham.

The Secretary of State visited Durham Train station to see for herself the £2.5m refurbishment of the station which has brought unused Victorian buildings back to life to provide new passenger facilities.

Ruth Kelly then attended a round table discussion with local Labour candidates and members to discuss challenges ahead in regional transport.

Launching the regional campaign, Ruth Kelly said

“Labour candidates right across the North East will be campaigning hard on the issues that matter to local people. Working together, the Labour government and local Labour Councils, are delivering real improvements on health, education, neighbourhood policing, and meeting the challenge of providing affordable housing for our young people.”

“A great example of this how the Labour government is working with local councils is the Free Nationwide off-peak bus travel for the over 60s and disabled people which we’re rolling out across the country tomorrow. In County Durham alone nearly 92,000 passes have been issued already opening up new opportunities for thousands of people”.

Labour will be contesting council seats in the North East. Elections take place on Thursday 1 May for Councils in Newcastle, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead and Hartlepool.

Voters will also go to the polls to elect Councillors to serve on the new Unitary Councils in County Durham and Northumberland.

In the North West, voters in Carlisle will elect Councillors to the City Council.