Comedian Eddie says political ‘mood is changing’

Comedian Eddie Izzard met fans at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens while throwing his support behind Labour candidates Gordon Marsden and Chris Webb.

He said: “The mood is changing and there is everything to play for. We are about the many, and not for the few. The Tories are always for the few.”

Gordon Marsden, Eddie Izzard and Chris Webb

Gordon Marsden, Eddie Izzard and Chris Webb

The political activist, who has been a member of the Labour party since 1995, thanked the Labour supporters for braving the bad weather to meet with their local candidates.

He also accused Prime Minister Theresa May of running scared from the public as she continues to avoid political debates in the last crucial days before the election.

The allegation came just hours after Mrs May’s team declined to inform and invite local media to her visit to Fleetwood.

Mr Izzard said: “It’s like she doesn’t know what she’s doing. She didn’t know she wanted an election. Nine times she said no and then she said yes.

Gordon Marsden, Eddie Izzard and Chris Webb with Labour supporters outside the Winter Gardens

Gordon Marsden, Eddie Izzard and Chris Webb with Labour supporters outside the Winter Gardens

“She doesn’t know about her own manifesto. She doesn’t know when she’s turning up. She doesn’t know if she’s going to do a debate.

“Do we really want someone running the country who doesn’t know what they’re doing or where they’re going?

“She doesn’t want to stand up in case they say ‘where are you? Do you want to debate any of the questions? Do you want to stand up for your words and ideas?”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys Labour candidate Chris Webb added: “I have never known anyone who has a job interview and then doesn’t turn up. She’s hiding from the public. What has she got to hide?”

Gordon Marsden, Eddie Izzard and Chris Webb

Gordon Marsden, Eddie Izzard and Chris Webb

“I would be incredibly proud to represent my hometown. I grew up and worked here, and representing my family and friends would be an amazing honour.

“We have seen NHS waiting times double in this last year, with people waiting on trolleys for over 12 hours.

“We need to have an honest conversation about social care. We need to ensure that our social care budget is increased as our population is getting older and not decreased as we have seen under the Tories.

“Parents now are receiving letters from schools asking for money for books, for glue, for stationery - it’s wrong. We need to be investing more in our children’s future, and also giving the older student opportunities, whether that is to go to university or go into an apprenticeship.”

Blackpool South Labour candidate Gordon Marsden received a boost for his re-election bid when he got the the endorsement by leading local figure and former Lib Dem Mayor of Blackpool, Robert Wynne.

Mr Marsden said: “I hope to continue representing the people of Blackpool South who have stuck with me through good and bad.

“One of the big divides between us and them is that we want to see the economy expand and give opportunities at every stage, which is why we have made such bold pledges which are fully-costed in terms of further education.

“I remember talking to a woman on Mereside who was a single mum. She got involved with Sure Start, three years later she was running a parents group, three years later she was training to be an infant school teacher.

“It’s that sense of progression, that sense of hope which has been stripped away from people in Blackpool that we need to renew.”

Mr Wynne said: “I am supporting Gordon Marsden in this election.

“As a lifetime Liberal, former leader of Blackpool Lib Dems and former Mayor of the town I have never before endorsed a candidate from a rival party, but this time I think it is vital that we support our local MP. 

“I am still very much a Liberal and always will be, but there is no chance of the Lib Dem candidate coming close in Blackpool South and I urge liberal minded people to lend their vote to Gordon Marsden this time.

“I am shocked at the complete lack of any detail in the Conservative manifesto.

“Gordon Marsden has worked hard for Blackpool for the last 20 years and I don’t want to see him swept away by a tide of empty promises.”