THE Northern Ireland secretary has joined Weaver Vale Parliamentary candidate John Stockton on the campaign trail in Runcorn.
Shaun Woodward spent a morning canvassing with Mr Stockton and Labour councillors.
With the General Election around the corner Mr Woodward, who is also Labour MP for St Helens South, said residents fear the Conservative Party would cut services if they take power.
The minister added that Windmill Hill residents were particularly worried because they ‘remember this area being devastated by the Tories’.
He said residents’ lives had ‘improved greatly’ under Labour.
Among Labour’s achievements for Runcorn he cited Sure Start children’s centres, boosts to hospitals and ‘the best GCSE results the area has ever seen’.
He dismissed any threat from the Liberal Democrats in Weaver Vale, and said voters remain unconvinced by David Cameron.
He said: “They don’t know what’s he’s about and they felt that he leaves them with more questions than answers.
“And people here are quite worried about the risk posed by Tory cuts to public services, especially because they remember how this community was devastated by the Tories in the 80s and 90s.
“A lot of people here depend on hospitals including people who very much like our proposals for a national care service.
“And we spoke to people who rely on Sure Start, schools and hospitals.
“There is a big sense of risk of what the Tories are about.”