Hartlepool by-election: 'I’m living proof that Labour can win big in northern, Brexit-voting seats'
Sir Keir Starmer is not the only Labour MP to have visited Hartlepool in support of the party’s by-election campaign.
Mick Whitley, Birkenhead’s Member of Parliament, also visited town on Friday, April 23, to back Dr Paul Williams’s bid to retain the constituency for Labour
Mr Whitley said: “Walking the streets of Hartlepool today, the similarities with my own constituency are clear to see.
"Like Birkenhead, Hartlepool has been devastated by the decline of the shipbuilding industry which left a town that was once buzzing with industry starved of highly-skilled, well-paid work and residents
suffering some of the highest levels of unemployment and deprivation in the country.”
Despite Sir Keir’s visit on Friday, during which he toured Camerons Brewery with Dr Williams, the bookies still make the Conservatives odds-on favourites to triumph on Thursday, May 6.
Speaking on Labour’s prospects, Mr Whitley added: “This will be a hard-fought contest and a crucial test of our ability to win back the faith of voters in red wall seats.
"But I’m living proof that Labour can win big in northern, Brexit-voting seats.
"I fought on an agenda of real transformation for the benefit of the people – an economic sea change that promised investment in our communities, the creation of green jobs and a green industrial revolution.
“I was privileged to be able to meet with Hartlepool voters today and see how Labour’s message of investing in our precious NHS, restoring local health services lost to Tory cuts, and protecting jobs at Liberty Steel and Hartlepool Nuclear Power Plant is resonating on the doorstep.”