Labour leader Ed Miliband visits Gravesend in final push for votes

PUBLISHED: 17:38 04 May 2011

Ed Miliband vist to Northfleet school for girls: by Andy Barnes

Ed Miliband vist to Northfleet school for girls: by Andy Barnes


Labour leader Ed Miliband made one final push for support when he visited north Kent on the eve of the local elections this afternoon.

Holding a question and answer session at Northfleet School for Girls, it was the second time in a fortnight he had visited the borough in a bid to win support for Labour councillors.

He was grilled by pupils and residents on issues such as social housing, tuition fees, policing, funding for the voluntary sector and the National Referendum on the Alternative Vote, also taking place tomorrow.

Speaking about the local elections, he called on voters to send a message to the government.

He said: “These are really important elections because we have a government which is not a majority government and which, I think, is governing without a mandate for many of the things they are doing.”

It follows a high-profile visit by Prime Minister David Cameron last week. He called north Kent a “key political battleground”.

Further visits to Gravesham have been made by Labour’s London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone, Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Science Gareth Thomas and Shadow Minister for Police, Vernon Coaker.

Co-chairman of the Conservative Party Baroness Warsi also took time to visit both Gravesham and Dartford to support each local council and promote the campaign against electoral reform.

Both Gravesham and Dartford Councils are Conservative controlled.

Gravesham is considered a bellwether constituency meaning all election results are closely followed by experts as it gives an indication of which party is in the strongest position nationwide.

All registered residents should have received a polling card and will have from 7am until 10pm tomorrow to vote for their local representative and in the National Referendum on the Alternative Vote.

Results from both elections are expected to be announced on Friday.

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