In one of his last speeches before retiring as an MP, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a packed audience why he was backing Léonie Mathers to be Sherwood’s next MP.
With just three months to go until this year’s General Election, the political heavyweight was in Nottinghamshire to speak to excited supporters and members of the public and lend his backing to Ms Mathers’ campaign in the tightly contested constituency seat.
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 thrilled the audience as he reeled off 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.
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 and with the full and enthusiastic support of the current Tory MP who has consistently stood 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.”