Ed Balls in city to support Marvin

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By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 08:00

SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls became the latest high-profile politician to visit Bristol in the run-up to this week's mayoral elections.

Mr Balls came to the city to throw his weight behind Labour candidate Marvin Rees' campaign.

The former minister and Mr Rees visited a housing project in the city before moving on to Bedminster to canvas for votes. The duo met officials at the housing project Arcadia which aims to help ex-servicemen get back on their feet.

After chatting with officials the duo went on to meet voters.

The former Government minister said: "This is exactly the type of project Marvin is talking about when he says he will build 4,000 homes in Bristol people can afford.

"When Labour win the next election we will use the revenue from the 4G sale to fund 100,000 homes around the UK and it is brilliant to see Marvin leading the way in Bristol."

The two were shown around the project by Knightstone Housing chief executive Nick Horne.

Knightstone regional development manager Caroline Hughes, who had managed the project, and one of the residents, ex army servicemen Danny Matthews, who had helped to build his own home, were at the meeting.

Mr Rees said: "Building homes takes land, permission and finance. We have brownfield sites in Bristol and I will put the power of my office behind getting the permission and, as this scheme proves, there are many innovative ways to find the finance."



  • Profile image for matic_113

    Ferguson will do more in a day than this man can do in 4 years

    By matic_113 at 21:54 on 13/11/12

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    Does this man Rees have sufficient experience for this extremely important and demanding role...and will he be truly independent with the best interests of Bristol at heart in reality?
    NO and NO.
    George FERGUSON is the only credible candidate if we are to have a chance of making our city GREAT again.
    Please, fellow citizens of Bristol, do not mess up at this one-off election...

    By bristoluk at 15:35 on 13/11/12

  • Profile image for Tiny_Steve

    To paraphrase Heseltine: we thought Rees's ideas were Milliband's. Now we know they're Balls'.

    By Tiny_Steve at 12:38 on 13/11/12

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    Re: Joke_Bristol

    To be fair I'm not sure a 2 week fact find will be nearly long enough (especially as it can be partfunded by Marvins mates in the PFI providers). It'll have to take in all the exotic countries in the Commonwealth and they may as well stop in at Tuvulu to look at the effects of climate change.

    Do yourself a FOI request on the expenses, I'm always surprised at what you can find out with a FOI request.

    By Paulienash at 11:41 on 13/11/12

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    And don't forget that Commonwealth Games bid. Two week 'fact find' in the Caribbean inevitable. And a trip to Canada for a few weeks perhaps and hang on, we've forgotten New Zealand! A cabal of councillors and hangers on (Darren Lewis etc) having a holiday at our expense. This WILL happen.

    It'll also be interesting to see if Ed Balls, David Lammy et al will be putting in their train tickets as expenses as well. They were doing Labour Party business, will they be charging it to the taxpayer as part of their constituency work?

    Of course they will.

    By Joke_Bristol at 11:10 on 13/11/12

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