Political chiefs praise coastal campaigners and teachers during Great Yarmouth visit
16:42 24 April 2014
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Coastal crusaders, inspiring teachers and support workers were praised by political chiefs when they swept through Great Yarmouth yesterday.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves and Green party leader Natalie Bennett both stopped off in the town on their respective campaign trails, where they met with residents to discuss hot political topics such as education and immigration.
Miss Reeves saw engineering students in action when she visited Great Yarmouth College, while Ms Bennett took part in a beach clean at Hemsby before meeting members of the Great Yarmouth Refugee Outreach and Support (GYROS) group.
Miss Reeves, MP for Leeds West, said she was impressed by what she had seen at the college.
“It’s important that schools, colleges and universities cater for people who have got the academic skills to succeed, but also there needs to be opportunities for people with practical skills,” she added.
“And I think Great Yarmouth is helping, particularly that second group of people in opening up opportunities that previously were closed to too many people.”
Ms Bennett meanwhile, said it was “inspiring” to see how residents in Hemsby had pulled together to help protect their coastline in the wake of the December 5 storm surge.
During her litter pick she met members of the Save Hemsby Coastline campaign group - who are pushing for sea defences to protect the village.
She then went to Great Yarmouth library to meet the team behind GYROS, which provides support and practical help to refugees, asylum seekers and other newcomers to the UK, living in the borough.
Ms Bennett said: “They’re doing great work and what’s really key is that they’re providing small amounts of help, which prevent big problems developing.”