MP Alan Johnson backs “Force of nature” Suzy Stride
Politics / Sat 28th Mar 2015 am31 10:55am
FORMER Education Secretary, Health Secretary, Home Secretary and TV personality Alan Johnson visited Harlow on Thursday to speak to local residents and support Suzy Stride’s campaign o be the next MP for Harlow.
Mr Johnson, spoke at Harlow college on Thursday evening as part a tour to promote his new book, Please Mr Postman, the second volume of his memoir and follow up to the bestselling memoir This Boy which tells the story of his extraordinary rise from an East London slum to some of the most powerful positions in government.
The This Week co-presenter attended a short house meeting with residents in Netteswell organised by Suzy Stride and then took to the doorstep to speak to potential voters in Halling Hill about concerns around NHS waiting times and access to GP surgeries.
Alan Johnson was a postman who rose through the ranks of the Communication Workers Union to become its youngest ever general secretary. He became the MP for the constituency of Kingston upon Hull in May 1997. He held the top job at some of the most important offices of state include Education, Home Affairs and Health.
Labour candidate for Harlow Suzy Stride said;
“It’s great to have Alan supporting the campaign in Harlow. Alan’s incredible personal journey, from orphan to postman to secretary of state is a real tale of aspiration and talent fulfilled. He is a true working class hero. Alan heard from residents about their concern on the pressure on local NHS services and we both agree that the next Labour government would address these concerns by hiring 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care assistants and guaranteeing a GP appointment within 48 hours ”