Former Shadow Home Secretary and Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Cooper, was in Redcar today to support Anna Turley’s re-election campaign.
Anna and Yvette visited a local social enterprise cafe to see the work they do helping former armed forces and emergency services personnel to adjust back into community life. The charity provide vital support with issues like housing and mental health to struggling veterans.
Yvette also joined Anna at her campaign centre to meet volunteers and speak to residents in a phone bank.
Speaking in Redcar, Yvette said:
“Anna has been a fantastic champion for Redcar in Parliament. She has always spoken passionately on the issues affecting people in Teesside, from the pressure on our NHS and social care services, to the policing cuts affecting so many communities.
“I have been particularly impressed by her efforts fighting for the steel industry on which she made sure Redcar’s voice was heard loud and clear in Parliament.
“In this General Election Labour candidates like Anna are standing up for the many, against a Tory party that only stands up for the few.
“Seven years of the Tories have hit places like Teesside and now they are coming back with policies like the dementia tax, scrapping free schools meals, and education cuts.
“They are not on the side of ordinary working people and pensioners which is why we need hard working Labour MPs like Anna re-elected on June 8th.”
“It was brilliant to welcome Yvette to Redcar today and to take her to see one of the great local organisations working to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community; our brave service veterans.
“Yvette has been a fantastic Labour MP, serving our country in government. As Shadow Home Secretary she held the Tories to account on the damage they have done to our police services with cuts meaning fewer bobbies on our streets and rising crime.
“Theresa May thinks she can steamroll this election but her campaign promises are falling apart. Seven years of the Tories have devastated Teesside and they can’t be allowed to keep on cutting our local services and jobs.
“I’m standing again in this election so I can continue fighting back for Teesside.”