In one of his last speeches before retiring as an MP, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a packed audience he was backing Léonie Mathers to be Sherwood’s next MP.
With just three months to go until this year’s General Election, the former Prime Minister was in Nottinghamshire this week to speak to supporters and members of the public.
Mr Brown said he had no doubt Léonie would make an excellent MP for Sherwood, and praised the ideas going into the Labour Party’s manifesto for the election, telling the crowd: “We can give people hope, which is in short supply just now, the hope and confidence that we can build a better country”
He told anecdotes about his time in Downing Street, and spoke of the achievements of the last Labour Government, before taking questions on the economy, education and the NHS.
Mr Brown said : 'I am delighted to support Leonie and was personally struck by how committed she is to raising the concerns people in Sherwood have. She would make an excellent representative speaking up for Sherwood in Parliament'.
Léonie Mathers, Labour’s Candidate for Sherwood, said: “It’s a real privilege to have the backing of Gordon Brown, who was so crucial to the success of the last Labour Government. He helped achieve the first ever National Minimum Wage, introduced Sure Start Centres, extended rights for workers and for disabled people and brought NHS waiting times down to a record low.
“So much of that work has been undone by this Conservative Government, who are choosing to stand up for the wrong people and let our public services slip back to the 1930’s. People round here are ready for change, and I’ll be working hard to make sure I deliver that.”