VIP visitor for Labour group

Date: Monday 10th June 2019

DURING a visit to Cumbria to meet with business leaders, Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, took time out to drop in on Labour Party members in Penrith.

Ms Long-Bailey, the MP for Salford and Eccles, is tipped as a future party leader.

Dave Knaggs, secretary of the Penrith and the Border Labour Party, said: “A message was sent down the line that Rebecca had heard how hard we had been working and was impressed with our successes, so wanted to drop in to thank us personally for our efforts.”

Ms Long-Bailey asked to meet a group of councillors and campaigners. She enjoyed a cup of tea with district councillor Lissie Sharp; town councillors Hilary Snell and Dave Knaggs; local party chairwoman Hilary Barker; and local campaign co-ordinator John Potts.

The Labour Party now has two seats on Eden District Council and, for the first time, won five seats on Penrith Town Council.

Ms Long-Bailey said: “The local Labour Party has made some fantastic achievements in this area over recent years. I felt I must meet them to express the party’s gratitude and to hear about their activities.

“It is the inspirational commitment of our grassroots members that keeps our party strong.”