David Miliband to rally Labour activists in Hove tomorrow

Posted On 02 May 2011 at 3:47 pm

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband is coming to Hove tomorrow (Tuesday 3 May) to encourage Labour campaigners in the local elections.

A party spokesman said that he would be speaking to Liberal Democrat and Conservative voters who had decided to switch to Labour when they vote in the elections on Thursday (5 May).

Mr Miliband, the MP for South Shields, said: “These elections are going to reflect how aggrieved people are with the government and its policies.

“Many people that voted for the Lib Dems or the Tories at the general election now feel let down or even deceived.”

Mr Miliband, who was beaten to the Labour leadership by his brother Ed, will be speaking at the Gallery Bistro in Church Road, Hove, late tomorrow morning.

He will also meet candidates standing for the party in the elections to Brighton and Hove City Council on Thursday.

The venue was used for a Labour Party fundraiser in February when the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, rallied activists.

Labour in Brighton and Hove recently claimed the support of Ellen Woolley, of Phoenix Rise, in the Hanover area of Brighton.

She stood as a Lib Dem candidate in the Hanover and Elm Grove ward in 2007 but has joined Labour and is now campaigning for the party.

Talking about one of the reasons for switching her allegiance – the proposed rise in tuition fees – she said: “Nick Clegg could have afforded to be honest to the young people he spoke to, but instead he made a pledge and broke his promise.”

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