LABOUR'S Lucy Powell – together with Tom Watson MP, the Party’s deputy chair and campaign co-ordinator – launched her by-election campaign ‘Putting Manchester First’ on Saturday (July 7).
The campaign began with a special event at the National Cycling Centre, on Stuart Street, in Manchester on Saturday morning before campaigners hit the doorstep.
It marks the start of a major engagement campaign in Manchester Central as Labour begins the process of getting back on track with thousands of people who’ve stopped voting or never voted before. Social media will also play an important role in Lucy’s campaign and this Saturday also sees the launch of her website - lucypowell.org.uk - with links to Facebook and Twitter.
A number of high profile Labour shadow ministers will visit the constituency in the next few weeks to support Lucy as she aims to become the city's first female Labour MP. They will take part in a series of public engagement events during the build up to Labour's Annual Conference in Manchester this September.
Lucy Powell, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, said:
“I want to get out and meet as many people as possible in the next few weeks. Labour must be part of every community and that means changing the ways we do things.
“Knocking on the doors of people who have voted for Labour before or who we haven’t contacted for years will be a key part of my campaign putting Manchester first. “People increasingly communicate in a variety of different ways but at the heart of everything we do should be listening to local communities and acting on their concerns.”
Tom Watson MP, Labour's deputy chair and campaign co-ordinator, said:
"The Tories promised change but things are getting worse. They're out of touch and they're economic plan has failed - they're even dragging their feet on an inquiry into crooked bankers.
"It's not right. That's why I'm backing Manchester's Lucy Powell. She's tough. I know she'll make a difference for local people."
People who want to volunteer to join Lucy’s campaign can sign up online at http://lucypowell.org.uk/volunteer-now