Sir Keir on poll trail

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer kicked off his party’s campaigning for the general election year with a speech in Filton & Bradley Stoke.

The media event was held at the National Composites Centre at the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Emersons Green on January 4 – just a day before Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood,  resigned.

The Labour leader told an invited audience of journalists, Labour party activists and business figures he was there to deliver “a New Year message of hope”, promising to “lift the weight off our shoulders, unite as a country, and get our future back”.

He was introduced by Claire Hazelgrove, the party’s candidate for the Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency that Emersons Green will become part of at the next general election.

Also in the audience were Labour MP Darren Jones, Metro Mayor Dan Norris and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees.