LABOUR’S candidate for Thurrock’s MP won the backing of firefighters as she launched her campaign for the parliamentary seat. With less than 50 days till the General Election, Labour kicked off the countdown till polling day with an open top bus tour around Thurrock. The event marks the final few weeks after several years campaigning across the constituency.
Supporters walked through Grays high street handing out balloons and leaflets before the convoy departed. A fire engine supplied by the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) led the bus on its trip around the constituency. Activists stopped in Purfleet and Ockendon to speak to shoppers before driving through the many communities of Thurrock back to Tilbury for a rally.
Lee Pickett, a fire fighter at Grays station spoke at the rally commending Polly for supporting the local fire fighters campaign. Fellow speakers who also backed Polly Billington’s campaign included Paul Travers from Unite the union, Council Leader John Kent and neighbouring Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas.
Polly said, “We had such a great response. People in Thurrock are fed up with their Tory MP. They know that voting Labour is the only way to change the government and build a stronger community.”
FBU firefighters from Grays have endorsed Polly in a leaflet being distributed across Thurrock, they wrote, “Polly raised very real concerns over the cuts to local fire cover in Thurrock. If elected as the MP for Thurrock on May 7th Polly will be a strong voice in parliament not just for firefighters but for public safety too.”