Chancellor George Osborne visits Loughborough

Mr Osborne was joined by Nicky Morgan, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Loughborough, on the trip to EPS in Swingbridge Road.

Chancellor George Osborne says the Conservatives are “committed to fairer funding” in Leicestershire during a visit to Loughborough this morning.

Mr Osborne was joined by Nicky Morgan, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Loughborough, on the trip to EPS in Swingbridge Road where he was shown round by apprenctice James Spence, Managing Director Brian McKean and Production Manager Stephen Waldron.

He was asked if Leicestershire County Council, which has been labelled as one of the most underfunded authorities in the country, would be given a larger pot of money if the Conservatives are reelected.

Last year, county council leader Nick Rushton revealed the authority had already saved £103m over the last five years but a further £91m will still need to be cut during the next four years.

Mr Osborne said: “We are committed to fair funding and in things like education we have already started to address that formula which wasn’t always fair to places like Leicestershire.

“We are making those improvements, it’s something the Conservatives have put in their manifesto for the next Parliament.

“I would say next week vote for economic security that can deliver a more secure life for people here.”

The Chancellor was asked whether Government figures should be spending more time mixing with the electorate during visits rather than primarily local businesses.

He said: “I will in fact be walking around a place further south this afternoon but I think if you come to a business like this you get to hear a real in-depth conversation with everyone in the business.

“Young James, the apprentice who showed us around, he is only 18 but he has got strong views on the right kind of training and skills we need in the country.

“I always enjoy the opportunity on the campaign trail to suck up the ideas from the people you meet.”

Images and article by the Loughborough Echo

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