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ELECTION 2024: Home Secretary joins candidates in Watford on campaign trail

 Published on: 31st May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Home Secretary James Cleverly joined several Conservative candidates on the campaign trail today (Friday, May 31).

Mr Cleverly attended a gathering outside The Tudor Arms on Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, to support incumbent Watford MP and Parliamentary candidate Dean Russell. The two had forged a close relationship when the latter worked as Parliamentary under-secretary for the former when he was Foreign Secretary.

Joining them was a crowd of Conservative councillors and campaigners, as well as South West Hertfordshire MP Gagan Mohindra, Hemel Hempstead candidate Jaymey McIvor, and newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Ash-Edwards.

Speaking to MyLocalNews about his appearance in Watford, the Home Secretary said: “Dean is a great colleague and has been a fantastic MP. He’s championed increased investment into the town hospital, cracked down on rough sleeping, worked on mental health first aid, and ensured hospitality workers get the tips they’ve earned.

“And whilst doing all of that for the local community, he was also a fantastic member of my team when I was Foreign Secretary.”

When asked about the upcoming general election, Mr Cleverley said: “I think voters will be convinced by Dean. We’ve got many Conservative representatives of local government, and every one of them is a grafter on behalf of their community.

“I think at a national level, people will see that we as a government have made important and bold decisions. I believe people will recognise that when it comes to election time, particularly when they compare it to the alternative.

“Labour, which is the alternative government, don’t have a plan and are flip-flopping all over the place, and the Lib Dems, quite frankly, don’t seem to be taking this campaign at all seriously.”

Mr Russell MP welcomed his colleague, stating: “It’s fantastic. He’s been such a supporter over the years. We have a similar mindset about crime, making sure we tackle it so people feel safe walking the streets.

“One of the big things in Watford was securing the new police station, and James very kindly supported me in that. We’ve already had a decrease in crime in Watford across most measures, and proves to me that when we’ve got police walking the street and a visible police station, it makes our streets safer.”

MyLocalNews also spoke to Jaymey McIvor, the Tory candidate looking to become MP for Hemel Hempstead after the 18-year run of Sir Mike Penning, who is standing down at the next election.

He said: “Both me and Mike are both Essex boys and have the skills to understand the issues that affect people and do our best to support them, so I know I have the ability to follow in his footsteps and be a first-class MP in Hemel.”

Speaking about his own constituency, Mr Mohindra MP said: “I’m proud of my track record in delivering for the wonderful people of South West Hertfordshire.

“I’ve been elected at various levels for the last 20 years and I’ve quite a good record of being an effective parliamentarian and politician, so I’m hoping that will convince enough good people to come out on July 4 to vote for me.”

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