Labour’s Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman, and Transport Minister, Mary Creagh, joined Naushabah Khan on Monday 20th October to canvass support for Labour in the Rochester and Strood by-election.
Harriet Harman and Naushabah Khan will be talking to residents from 9am on a door-to-door campaign session.
Mary Creagh MP met with local taxi drivers who are campaigning against the Conservative’s plan to deregulate the taxi industry.
The changes to the taxi industry would mean fewer safety and criminal record checks for drivers and increased competition from outside businesses, making monitoring more difficult.
Locally the Labour Party has campaigned against the deregulation, on Thursday night a Labour motion was passed at the full council meeting calling for proper regulation to remain in the Medway area.
Naushabah Khan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Rochester & Strood, said:
“I’ve met with our local drivers before and they are really worried about what these changes mean in terms of safety and business.
“They would face more competition from outside areas which will put more pressure on them financially, but more importantly they want passengers to feel safe and if checks become more infrequent then that certainly won’t be the case.