Ed Balls in city to support Marvin
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.
Marvin Rees and Ed Balls at the housing project DB20121112D-010
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."