Shadow chancellor to field questions in Northampton as part of anti-austerity meeting

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is set to attend a public meeting in Northampton on Saturday

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is set to attend a public meeting in Northampton on Saturday

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Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell will field questions at a public meeting in Northampton on Saturday as he talks about the opposition party’s long-term strategy to end austerity.

The MP for Hayes and Harlington is set to be joined on the panel by union leaders from the TUC, Unison and the Communication Workers’ Union, Anjona Roy of the Co-operative party and disability campaigner Richard Becket at the event in the Rodber Suite of Franklin Gardens.

The meeting, to be chaired by former Labour party candidate for Northampton South, Kevin McKeever, has been organised by party member John Andrews and will see the shadow chancellor speak on his party’s economic strategy among a debate on perceived Tory cuts to public services.

Mr Andrews said: “The main reason for this meeting is to give people a chance to hear first hand from the person who is crafting the new economic plan for the Labour party.

“It is an opportunity to put questions to one of the leading politicians on the opposition party.”

Mr Andrews said the recent plans to cut £77 million from Northamptonshire County Council’s budget in the 2016/17 year will form a large part of Saturday’s debate.

Those proposed cuts could see 343 jobs put at risk, two care homes closed and swingeing cuts to adult social care.

The meeting will take place between 2pm and 5pm in the Rodber suite of Franklin Garden, on Weedon Road.

Details are available on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/1715434058676362 and tickets are available via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/labour-anti-austerity-event-northampton-with-john-mcdonnell-mp-tickets-20067349984