TWO leading ladies in British politics stopped off in Leamington on the campaign trail.
Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman arrived in the new “Woman to Woman” pink bus to meet with a crowd of Labour supporters outside the Pump Rooms on the morning of Thursday April 23.
She joined Warwick and Leamington Labour parliamentary candidate Lynnette Kelly to encourage women to use their vote on polling day.
Mrs Harman, currently the longest continuously-serving female MP, said: “It is so great to see so many women here supporting a woman candidate after we had such a low female voting turnout to the last general election.
“We need to turn that around and its lovely to see so many of you here in force supporting her. We need to do everything we can to make to vote and to get Lynnette elected.”
After joining Mrs Harman outside the town hall, Ms Kelly said: “It is so great to have Harriet here with me supporting our campaign – to have the deputy leader here means a lot.
“This makes me even more determined to fight for this role and change society for the better.”
In the afternoon, Home Secretary Theresa May visited St Peter’s School with Conservative candidate Chris White to talk to the pupils about the upcoming elections and what it means for them and their families.
The children had an assembly about the different political parties earlier in the week and the Year 1 and 2 classes were adamant they would vote Green swayed by the environmental argument, but Mrs May assured them blue was the best colour.
Mrs May has probably had tougher political questions thrown at her by the likes of Jeremy Paxman, but the youngsters
were certainly direct win their questioning.
The curious pupils asked “do you have a massive house?” and “which famous people have you met?”
She responded by saying everyone got bigger houses when they grew up, and that she had met the Pope.
Mrs May left pleased when one of the children signed off with “I’ll ask my dad to vote for blue.”
Speaking about Mr White’s campaign to secure the seat for a second term, Mrs May said: “Chris has gone from a local member and part of a team to a strong leader that has a proven track record for the area.
“If we want growth and to help the local economy grow then he is the man for the job.”
Teresa May and Chris White – pictured with St Peter’s headteacher
Tess McNamara – field questions from straight-talking pupils. (s)