Darren Jones, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West, has today accused the Conservative MP for the seat, Charlotte Leslie, of putting electioneering before local people on the day Ms Leslie takes a campaign for free ATM's to the House of Commons, despite a local campaign on the issue having been on-going for months.
Labour councillors in Lockleaze have for some months been campaigning to introduce free to use cash points in the area. Ms Leslie has in the last two weeks awoken to the issue and has tabled a debate in the House of Commons today (Monday 8th) on the topic.
Darren Jones, Labour's candidate to fight for the seat in May, commented:
"The Labour Party has been working on this issue in Lockleaze for some time. My colleagues - Councillor Estella Tincknell and Councillor Gill Kirk - have been in lengthy discussions with local businesses and the owners of the current ATM. Ms Leslie was fully aware of this but seems to have started her own campaign without talking to the local councillors first.
"When I was a trustee of the North Bristol Advice Centre on Gainsborough Square in Lockleaze I experienced first hand the high cost of having to get cash out of the local ATM. This clearly isn't good enough and needs to change. I question Ms Leslie’s motives here. Surely by working together with local councillors we are more likely to be able to save local people this money. Instead, local people who sign the MP’s petition get nothing more than Conservative Party election e-mails.
“I invite Ms Leslie to meet with Cllr Tincknell, Cllr Kirk and I to catch up on how best to take this forward."
Darren, who will be the first MP to have been born in the constituency if elected next May, will be opening his General Election Campaign HQ in Lockleaze later in December. He is due to meet with his landlords to pursue viable options for a free cash point on Gainsborough Square in Lockleaze.
Bristol North West is set to be a highly marginal election between Labour and the Conservatives at the next General Election with both parties needing to win the seat to return a majority Government in Westminster.