Chancellor George Osborne: ‘Towns like Bedford are going to determine the election outcome’

The Chancellor gets to grips with the beer making process.
The Chancellor gets to grips with the beer making process.

Chancellor George Osborne has said that the votes of Bedford people can make a real difference in tomorrow’s election during a visit to the town.

Bedford’s famous brewery Charles Wells welcomed the Chancellor to its beer making factory and got him to lend a helping hand on the production line.

George Osborne arrives with parliamentary candidate Richard Fuller.

George Osborne arrives with parliamentary candidate Richard Fuller.

He was tasked with hammering corks into beer kegs during today’s visit, which is part of a last minute 24 hour tour of businesses across the country before the polling stations open tomorrow.

Mr Osborne, who arrived aboard a Conservative bus displaying the slogan ‘A better future for you, your family and Britain’, said: “This is a very close General Election and towns like Bedford are going to determine the outcome.

“They need to think very carefully about what they want to see going forward in our country.

“Do you want to see jobs being created, rising living standards and the working people of this town getting a better deal?

George Osborne arrived on the Conservative bus.

George Osborne arrived on the Conservative bus.

“If they do then vote for the recovery, vote for David Cameron, vote for Richard Fuller.”

On Tuesday, Labour leader Ed Miliband visited neighbouring Kempston as part of his attempt to pull in votes. He too was promising, if elected, a better Britain.

Mr Osborne said: “People in the town of Bedford remember what happened five years ago. Jobs were lost, unemployment went up, investment in the town dried up.

“I think if people look over the last five years they can see jobs being created, real investment and real improvements.

“If you want economic security, if you want the recovery to continue you have to vote for it.”

During the brewery visit Mr Osborne was joined by parliamentary candidate for Bedford and Kempston Richard Fuller.

Also in the running for the local MP seat is Labour’s Patrick Hall, Liberal Democrat Mahmud Henry Rogers, Ben Foley for the Green Party, UKIP’s Charlie Smith and independent candidate Faruk Choudhury.