Rachel Reeves MP, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, led campaigners in the Pudsey constituency today as Labour launched its 2015 key seats drive.
Ms Reeves was joined by around 20 local members as they collected signatures on a giant petition asking people to express their opposition to the Tories’ unfair tax credit cuts.
In the Pudsey constituency alone, more than 4,200 families who are in work will see their income cut – across Yorkshire more than 309,000 working families will be hit.
Rachel Reeves said:
“Pudsey is one of the key battleground seats where we need to focus our efforts to secure a working majority at the next General Election.
“Labour believes that working families shouldn’t have to pay the price of Tory failure. There are over 4,200 working families claiming working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit in Pudsey who will be hit by the strivers' tax whilst the Government is cutting taxes for millionaires at the same time.
“The government is disingenuously peddling a “shirkers versus strivers” myth on this but the truth is it’s hardworking families on low and middle incomes being affected. So it’s important we’re speaking with, and listening to, voters in seats like Pudsey where their MP Stuart Andrew voted in favour of these cuts on Tuesday.
“Labour is the only party standing up for people of all ages and from all walks of life. People who feel this Tory-led Government are out of touch with their lives and are feeling the squeeze on living standards.
“Ed Miliband is determined we are going to be a one term opposition returned with a working majority at the next general election and so am I. This is a challenge, but one we are all going to work hard to achieve, and it means we need to be winning back seats like Pudsey.”