Key issues highlighted as shadow ministers visit Lowestoft

Labour MP's Gloria De Piero and Jon Ashworth visit Lowestoft's seafront and bridge with Bob Blizzard. Labour MP's Gloria De Piero and Jon Ashworth visit Lowestoft's seafront and bridge with Bob Blizzard.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6:54 PM

Political battle lines were being drawn in the sands of seaside towns across the country this week.

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Labour MP's Gloria De Piero and Jon Ashworth visit Lowestoft's seafront and bridge with Bob Blizzard.Labour MP's Gloria De Piero and Jon Ashworth visit Lowestoft's seafront and bridge with Bob Blizzard.

And key issues were highlighted in Lowestoft today as two high profile shadow ministers joined prospective parliamentary candidate for Waveney, Bob Blizzard, on a tour of the town.

With Labour MP’s Jon Ashworth and Gloria De Piero on the party’s summer seaside express, which visited coastal towns Brighton, Lowestoft, Morecambe and Blackpool this week, campaigners took to the seafront and the streets today as part of an effort to win key election seats.

On their first-ever visits to Lowestoft, Mr Ashworth and Miss De Piero visited Lowestoft to see examples of what they believe are seaside towns being letdown by the government.

The whistle stop tour of south Lowestoft saw the MP’s look at the damage caused to the town’s seafront by erosion and winter storms, speak with local campaigners and businesses over the closure of parts of South Pier and line up on the bascule bridge amid further calls for a third crossing of Lake Lothing.

And the message was loud and clear, as the MP’s, Mr Blizzard, county councillors, district councillors and campaigners lined up with signs saying “3rd crossing not footbridge” on the town’s main crossing.

Labour MP for Ashfield and shadow minister for women and equalities, Gloria De Piero, vowed that Labour will help towns like Lowestoft, where wages are falling well below the national average. She said: “This is a beautiful place and its heartbreaking to see that people can’t use parts of the pier.”

Mr Ashworth said: “What has really struck me is that there is so much potential here but the Tories are letting locals down.”

They threw their weight behind Mr Blizzard’s campaign to return to power, and Mr Blizzard said: “It is important to ram the third crossing message home as this is what the town needs.”

Last month, environment secretary Liz Truss visited Lowestoft and vowed to “look closely” at multi-million pound plans to restore the beach, with a seafront restoration project to begin soon.

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