Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman joined the party’s campaign to win Stockton South constituency on Saturday.
Harriet joined Labour’s candidate, Louise Baldock on Stockon High Street on the latest stop-off for the “Woman to Woman” campaign, the party’s biggest ever women’s campaign, reaching out to women across the country ahead of May’s General Election.
Statistics published in January showed that 390,000 women in the North East did not vote in 2010 and they could have a crucial role in this election.
Women in the North East are earning £18 a week less than in 2010 when you factor in the cost of living. In addition nearly 30% of women in the North East earn less than the living wage, making it one of the worst areas in the country for women's pay.
Harriet Harman said:
“It’s great to be here in Stockton with our terrific parliamentary candidate Louise Baldock, and to meet up with women in Stockton to listen to their concerns and hear what they want from Government.
“Since this Government was elected in 2010 women have been hit particularly hard. We believe that this election will be a watershed for women . Women in Stockton had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality.
“We need a Labour government with a better plan to build a recovery that benefits the many, not the just the few at the top.”
Harriet later travelled to Grangefield Community Centre to meet with women voters to discuss issues affecting them.
Have a look at our storify of Harriet’s day with us…