Film director Ken Loach backs Oldham Labour candidate Debbie Abrahams

Date published: 03 December 2019

Whilst visiting Oldham for a screening of his latest film, Sorry We Missed You, at Hack Oldham, award-winning film director Ken Loach gave his backing to Debbie Abrahams, the Labour candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth.

Following the screening of the film and a question and answer session for the audience, Ken said: “I met Debbie when I, Daniel Blake was shown, and was impressed by her commitment to do all she could for the millions of victims of Tory cuts.

She will be a great MP again, a good friend to all her constituents. 

“The choice is very stark. People desperately need a way out of insecurity at work, where so many are struggling to make ends meet, and with health and public services collapsing.

"We need to live in peace and dignity, with secure homes and jobs, and communities that work well. Only Labour believes in these principles. 

“Watching Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr show this Sunday was a wake up call. He has no idea how ordinary people live. 

“Let's make certain Debbie and all the Labour candidates win here, and then we can start to rebuild our communities - and live with hope once more.”

Debbie said: "I am delighted that Ken accepted my invitation to come to Oldham. Not only did this provide an opportunity to discuss his long and distinguished career in film, but it also allowed us to discuss his most recent film which was based on the actual experiences of people trapped in the ruthless, so-called, gig economy which the Tories are perfectly happy to see continue.”

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