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Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking after the election of Andy Sawford as Labour’s MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, said:
“You have knocked on thousands of doors in this constituency and you have listened to what people want to hear and what they want from a local Member of Parliament.
“And you have stood as a One Nation candidate for a One Nation Labour Party. You have stood up for the young people of this constituency who want hope for the future. You have stood up for the small businesses that want a better deal from the banking system and you have stood up for the people who say they want Kettering General Hospital and its services protected.
“This constituency is at the heart of our country and this constituency has sent a very clear message today. It has sent a message that it is putting its trust in a One Nation Labour Party and middle England is turning away from David Cameron and the Conservatives because middle England feels let down by David Cameron and the Conservatives.
“Now Mr Cameron has said today that he wants to listen and he is right. He should listen to the people of this constituency and he has got a lot to listen to. He should listen to the young people who say they want hope for the future. He should listen to those people who are saying ‘why are you raising my taxes and cutting my services when you’re cutting taxes for millionaires?’
“And he should listen to those people who say ‘you told us before the election you would protect local health services. Why are you undermining them?’
“And as for us, the work goes on. We intensify the work. Andy will be taking the message from this constituency to Westminster. We will be taking the message of One Nation Labour to every part of the United Kingdom. Thank you very much.”