Outgoing Labour MP for Great Grimsby, Austin Mitchell, came to Louth on Saturday to help launch the parliamentary campaign on his friend and colleague Matt Brown.
The local branch of the Labour party held their adoption meeting upstairs at the King’s Head pub, where town and district councillor Laura Stephenson joined Mr Mitchell to speak in support of Matt Brown.
Laura said: “In Matt, we have somebody who is going to stand up and say that things need to change.
“Although this might be Tory heartland, it’s not going to stay that way is it?
“Helicoptering somebody in to our area is not what we want. We want somebody who understands our area, who stands side by side with us and actually tries to help us.”
Austin Mitchell then took to the stage and, after joking about the warm welcome he received in the form of a parking ticket, he outlined his support for Matt Brown.
The Conservatives think they have won this election and I’m here to tell you the message - oh no they haven’t.Matt Brown
Austin said: “Matt has been an energetic, courageous and independent councillor who has done very well, and I commend him to you.
“It looks a very uncertain choice Labour has got to win, and I think we will win.”
Matt Brown thanked Austin for his support, and said: “The Conservatives think they have won this election and I’m here to tell you the message - oh no they haven’t.”
Matt referred to the current recovery as “Houdini economics”, adding that the area has struggling local businesses and an NHS in crisis and people suffering due to underemployment, cuts and the “hated bedroom tax”.
Matt added: “Let’s show the people of Louth there is a different path.
“A path that would lead to a strong voice in Parliament, a vision, and someone who loves the area. That path is Labour.”