Former home secretary to fire up Labour campaign in Market Rasen this week

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

Labour has kicked off its General Election campaign in Market Rasen with a visit from former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Mr Johnson, who has represented Hull West and Hessle since 1997, will be in town on Friday afternoon to support Gainsborough PPC David Prescott.

The former Health and Education secretary and now author will also meet voters in The March Hare after 6pm, as well as address Labour district council candidates.

Labour has two candidates standing in Market Rasen - the first time the party has stood people in district council elections there for more than a decade. They are retired Legsby couple, former Scunthorpe teachers Ian Sharp and Elizabeth Webster.

Afterwards, the candidate and his guest head to Hemswell Court for a fundraising dinner.

“Alan and I actually worked together on the London Challenge programme to help improve the performance of London state schools. What I really like about Alan is that he’s an ordinary guy who had a life before he entered politics,” said David.

“If Labour’s elected, there’s a good chance Alan may return to the Cabinet, so it’s a great opportunity to come down, meet our Labour team and have your say.

“If we have time I’ll also show him the Aston Arms. Alan’s a huge rock fan and was in band himself - just like me. So the chance to visit the pub that inspired Bernie Taupin’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ is too much of an opportunity to miss,” the PPC continued.

David Prescott says he visited Market Rasen’s first ‘Town Specialist Market’ on Easter Saturday before knocking on doors down Coronation Road.

“It’s great to have so much support. We’re getting a very good reception on the doorstep from people who want a change from the usual Tory/Lib Dem candidates. More than 20 Labour candidates are standing across West Lindsey so people will have a real choice on May 7 and the chance to vote to protect our NHS, boost businesses, improve transport and hold ACIS to account,” he said.

Both UKIP and the Conservatives also have VIP visits to Rasen in the coming week.

* Tickets are still available for the gala dinner with Alan Johnson at Hemswell Court (which includes a three course meal).

Anyone wanting a ticket should email or call 01522 731920.