Balls in pledge to plough money back into East Lancashire

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen Will Straw with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen Will Straw with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

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SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls has pledged to look again at the regeneration gap which has seen East Lancashire lose tens of millions of pounds since the Coalition came to power.

And he is convinced that Rossendale and Darwen will be among the key battlegrounds which Labour must win back if they are to triumph at the General Election in 2015.

The Morley and Outwood MP was in the area for a gala fundraising dinner for the party’s candidate, Will Straw, at the White Hall Hotel in Darwen, when he spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Mr Balls said: “We will be determined to make sure that we put back the investment in East Lancashire which is necessary for creating jobs and regeneration.”

The loss of housing market renewal funding saw around £40million per year lost to East Lancashire authorities.

And Mr Balls believes that the party’s candidate for the seat is the right man to unseat the Conservatives’ Jake Berry.

He said: “Will clearly comes from an experienced family politically but he has huge experience in his own right. If you want someone who is going to bang the drum for housing resources, transport and job creation then he knows where the money is and the levers are within the Treasury.

“The constituency needs someone who will make a real difference and not just turn up and vote the way they are told to do.”

Mr Balls added: “Rossendale and Darwen is a very important seat for Labour. We have shown we can win by-elections over the last couple of years and take control of councils in the north, Yorkshire and Scotland.

“The key marginal seats which will decide the General Election are going to be in the north-west, West Yorkshire and West Midlands.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw was joined by borough council leader Coun Kate Hollern and Rossendale Council lead-er Coun Alyson Barnes, alongside a host of leading East Lancashire Labour names.

Auction prizes at the gala dinner included a bottle of House of Commons whisky, signed by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, tea for two with Tessa Jowell and a Burnley FC shirt donated by Alistair Campbell.

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2:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

You can promise the earth when all you need to do is borrow £billions.
Oh--------that's how we got into this mess isn't it?
You can promise the earth when all you need to do is borrow £billions. Oh--------that's how we got into this mess isn't it? vicn1956
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Timefor says...

vicn1956 wrote:
You can promise the earth when all you need to do is borrow £billions.
Oh--------that's how we got into this mess isn't it?
"--------that's how we got into this mess isn't it?"

Nope, we got into this mess by bailing out spiv bankers to help them to continue their gambling habits and pay themselves massive wages and bonuses
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: You can promise the earth when all you need to do is borrow £billions. Oh--------that's how we got into this mess isn't it?[/p][/quote]"--------that's how we got into this mess isn't it?" Nope, we got into this mess by bailing out spiv bankers to help them to continue their gambling habits and pay themselves massive wages and bonuses Timefor
  • Score: -3

10:06am Wed 12 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Who de-regulated the banks?
Oh the "It's a miracle-the end of boom and bust...." BROWN!!!
Who de-regulated the banks? Oh the "It's a miracle-the end of boom and bust...." BROWN!!! vicn1956
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Wed 12 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

I support my party whatever they do,however incompetent-because I always have. And I always find someone else to blame. Never my party.

Isn't that why the country is in a mess?
OPEN YOUR EYES.
They are all the same.
I support my party whatever they do,however incompetent-because I always have. And I always find someone else to blame. Never my party. Isn't that why the country is in a mess? OPEN YOUR EYES. They are all the same. vicn1956
  • Score: 3

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