Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said Stroud’s former MP David Drew had been missed in parliament, and he looked forward to welcoming him back to Westminster following next year’s general election.
Ed Balls was at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm stadium for gala dinner on Thursday.
Labour Party members from Stroud, the Stanleys, Framilode, Berkeley Cam and Oakridge made up a ‘Stroud table’ at the event.
They heard Ed Balls give an entertaining speech with anecdotes from his political career but also with a strong message about the Labour winning in marginal seats like Stroud which will be the key to Labour forming the next government.
He anticipated David Drew, Stroud’s Labour MP from 1997 to 2010 the MP for Stroud, before losing the seat to Conservative Neil Carmichael by 1,299 votes. Stroud is in the Labour Party’s list of 106 seats key to winning power, ranked 16th.
Gloucester is ranked 38th.
Mr Balls also spoke of the need to get a Labour Government who protect the NHS and build an economy based on growth and jobs, not on making the poor even poorer.