Labour’s new Deputy Leader declared that party’s “fightback starts here” on a visit to Carlisle today.
Tom Watson MP was in the city to campaign against the government’s planned cuts to tax credits which could hit thousands of working families across Cumbria.
Joining Carlisle City Council Leader Colin Glover, Mr Watson spoke to residents who would be hit by the changes.
Tom later toured Carlisle’s newly refurbished Tourist Information Centre in the historic old Town Hall.
Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:
“The fightback starts here in Carlisle. The election result in May was extremely disappointing. Despite the efforts of our brilliant candidate Lee Sherriff and her campaign team, we sadly weren’t able to convince enough local people. I promised to return to Carlisle no matter what the result and here I am.
“We now have a new Leadership team and a growing party, both Jeremy and myself are determined to harness the renewed energy within the Labour Party to change the party and win again in places like Carlisle.
“I’m pleased to be visiting today to look at some of the work of the Labour City Council under the leadership of Colin Glover. Labour took control of the council four years ago with a promise to make this city a destination in its own right so I’m delighted see the investment made in the new Tourist Information Centre.”
Responding to concerns about planned cuts to tax credits, Tom said:
“The Tories misled people on tax credits during the General Election. Over 4,200 working families here in Carlisle will see their incomes fall. Despite the House of Lords vote to delay the implementation of these cuts, the government will still not come clean about its plans. The Prime Minister was asked six times on Wednesday if people who claim tax credits will be worse off as a result of his tax credit changes and six times he refused to answer. It is plain wrong that families on low and middle incomes are under attack from a Government that claims to be the workers party.”