With six months to go until the next General Election, crowds of supporters gathered in Hucknall town centre last Saturday as Léonie Mathers, Labour’s local parliamentary candidate for Sherwood, officially set up shop.
Over 50 local supporters attended the grand opening event and they were joined by Shadow Cabinet Minister, Jon Ashworth and former Labour MP for Sherwood and Police & Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping.
Ms Mathers, a lifelong Hucknall resident, has breathed new life into the former Food XPress (known to many as the old Pork Farms shop) on the corner of the High Street and Watnall Road which will now act as the focal point for her campaign to unseat the Tory MP in this, one of the closest races in the country.
Léonie said: “It’s exciting to be setting up shop in Hucknall. This is my home town – I grew up here and the people I want to represent are my neighbours, friends and family so when I speak to local folk I know just how fed up they are with this Tory MP and this Tory Government. People tell me – and I experience the same things myself – how tough it is with prices rising and wages staying the same, how hard it is to get an appointment with a GP or afford a decent home and the Tory MP might be oblivious to what’s going on here but I’m not.
People been badly let down and deserve so much better than what they’ve got so far. Five years is more than enough of this lot and I’m determined to bring a fresh approach to the area. If you have a local issue we can help with, want to get involved with our campaign or even just want a chat and hear what Labour is offering local people, then please pop in and say hello.”
Jonathan Ashworth MP Labour's General Election Campaign Deputy & Shadow Cabinet Office Minister said”'Local woman, Leonie Mathers will be a brilliant MP for Hucknall and the Sherwood constituency.
“Like many areas, Nottinghamshire faces problems of long-term unemployment, falling wages, and rising energy bills. Hucknall needs a Labour MP standing up for local people and fighting for measures to tackle the cost of living crisis.
“Leonie understands the issue facing Hucknall and I was delighted to officially open her new office for local constituents."