Southend doesn’t usually get big name politicians visiting. For one thing, it holds two safe Conservative parliamentary seats (Nominally safe… -Ed). But it is, without any doubt, a town crying out for radical innovation and change. Just look at the growing rejection of the Conservatives at a local level.
I was delighted that Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, on Thursday concluded his #shapeyourfuture road trip along the A13 in Southend.
In Liam’s own words, the road trip was about listening to young people.
“Last week Ed Miliband launched Labour’s #shapeyourfuture consultation. We want to hear what from young people about their hopes and aspirations and what they want from a Government that represents them.
“I am helping get #shapeyourfuture on the road, listening to young people and encouraging them to speak up, register to vote and make their voice heard.“