Labour Party education chief in Brierfield

shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg was the guest speaker at a Pendle Labour Party fund-raising dinner at Brierfield Community Centre.

He spoke of how proud he was of Labour’s Surestart and the Building Schools for the Future programmes, as well as Labour’s pioneering work introducing Academies and Freeschools.

He also recalled the time he beat the then Tory Defence Secretary Michael Portillo to win the Enfield Southgate Parliamentary seat in a surprise result in the 1997 General Election.

Mr Twigg is now MP for West Derby in Liverpool.