Miliband makes flying visit

David Miliband goes walkabout in Harold Road, Hastings Road, with prospective Labour parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen.
David Miliband goes walkabout in Harold Road, Hastings Road, with prospective Labour parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen.

LABOUR MP David Miliband paid a flying visit to Hastings and St Leonards today (TUES) to boost the party’s fortunes ahead of Thursday’s local elections.

The former shadow home secretary was in town on Tuesday accompanied by prospective parliamentary candidate for Hastings Sarah Owen.

The 46-year-old brother of Labour leader Ed Miliband was given a guided tour of the Horizons Community Learning programme at Churchill Court in Stonehouse Drive.

He met the staff and volunteers of the programme before going on to Ore to knock on doors and canvass for the elections.

At Horizons he took a tour of the classrooms and sat in with the volunteer and student committee for 10 minutes listening to various issues.

Mr Miliband also met and chatted with Horizons chief executive Sonia Plato.

He said: “If London catches a cold, places like Hastings get pneumonia

“Jobs is the top issue here. Housing and crime are also important issues.

“I have been impressed with what I have seen at Horizons especially in the face of cut backs in funding.

“In terms of Hastings in general I have been very impressed with the apprentices scheme which tried to recruit 100 young people in 100 days.

“Training and jobs for young people here is needed.

“I also like to see younger people engaging with politicians and telling us what they think.”

Mrs Plato said: “It was good to see Mr Miliband visit our facilities.

“Mr Miliband asked about the problems residents faced here and I think it was good of him to visit our facilities and take an interest.”