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Shadow Chancellor entertains residents

Residents of Poplar Gardens House in Kingswood had an extra guest at their singing sessions on Tuesday in the form of current Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls.

He was in the area to show his support for Labour candidate for Kingswood, Jo McCarron in the run up to May’s general election.

His visit coincided with a regular weekly singing session and Ed lost no time joining in with several verses of “he’s got the whole world in his hands.”

He also confessed to being a dab hand at calling the bingo, which didn’t go down too well with one resident – weekly bingo caller Lilian Hawkesford, 90, who has been a resident at the scheme for 22 years.

She said: “He’s got a nice singing voice but he should stick to that – he can’t have my bingo balls! It was great to see him visit us and for Jo to visit too.”

Lilian – who has 34 great grandchildren – and her neighbours chatted to the shadow chancellor and the prospective candidate for an hour or so afterwards about the NHS, the housing crisis, and pensions.


Ed Balls MP and Labour parliamentary candidate for Kingswood Jo McCarron speak to customers

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