Residents living off Green Sward Lane in Matchborough found themselves answering the door to the deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP, on Saturday.
Mr Watson, who is from Worcestershire, was in Redditch as the Party geared up for the local elections next Thursday and to endorse its running of the council in the face of massive cuts in grants from central government.
“I’m here to support Councillor John Fisher who is the candidate here in Matchborough,” said the MP for West Bromwich East.
These are very important elections and John has been working hard for the last four years.
“Redditch is a litmus test constituency and the local Labour Party under the leadership of Coun Bill Hartnett has run the council extremely well by protecting services in the face what has now been three major cuts in local government finance.
“We all knew we had to reduce the deficit but George Osborne, the Chancellor has now gone too far and something has to give, you can’t keep on going with public services continually being slashed.”
Coun Fisher said: “We’ve been working hard here in Matchborough for the past four years, on one level helping people with personal issues while also reaching agreement to redevelop Matchborough and Winyates centres and the town centre.
“For the last three years I have also been in charge of council finances in which we have faced unprecedented cuts from central government.
“We have made millions of pounds in savings yet still managed to maintain and protect services.
“We’ve got value for money for every single penny we’ve spent.”
This report originally appeared in the Redditch Standard on-line on the 25th April.
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson recently came to Redditch to lend his support to councillors on the campaign trial.
Mr Watson, elected as his party's Deputy Leader, alongside Jeremy Corbyn as Leader in September last year, came to Redditch on Saturday to campaign with John Fisher in Matchborough and Ipsley, where he spent some time talking to party members and even posed for a few selfies.
Leader of the Labour Party Bill Hartnett said it was great to welcome Mr Watson to the town.
"He was interested in our local election pledges," said Mr Hartnett.
"Particularly the £1.5 M mortgage rescue and house buy back scheme, and the re-development of Matchborough and Winyates centres. Tom spent time knocking doors and speaking with local people, and there were even a few selfies taken on the doors with residents."
This report originally appeared in the Redditch Advertiser on-line on the 26th April.