Cherie Blair and Catherine McKinnell

Cherie Blair today joined Labour’s General Election campaign in the North. Mrs Blair visited Newcastle and Sunderland on the campaign trail to highlight the new generation of women candidates standing for Labour in the region.

Labour is fielding 12 women candidates across the North, double the number that contested the 2005 General Election.

Mrs Blair visited the Lemington Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne with Labour’s Candidate for Newcastle North, Catherine McKinnell. During her visit to the centre she spoke with people taking part in an arts and crafts session and a group of parents and children.

Mrs Blair then moved onto Sunderland where she met up with Julie Elliott, Labour’s candidate for Sunderland Central. Mrs Blair was given a tour of Highfield Children’s Centre talking to young parents about how they use Sure Start.

Cherie Blair said;

“It's great to be here in the North East on the campaign trail.  This region will always have a special place in my heart and has given my family a great deal of support over the years.   I’m also very keen to show my support for these fantastic new women candidates we have across the region - they will be a strong voice for the area and a real asset to Parliament. 
Labour has much to be proud of in the North East and I'm particularly looking forward to the visits today, which will highlight how much we have done in the region to support children and families.  I know that if Labour is re-elected these efforts will continue.”

Mrs Blair will visit Darlington College tomorrow with Labour’s candidate for Darlington Jenny Chapman.

You can listen to an interview with Cherie Blair at the Lemington Centre at


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