David Cameron has affirmed that the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency is a key seat in next month’s election.
And he backed Conservative parliamentary candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan to snatch control of the area from the Liberal Democrats.
The PM made the remarks during a walkabout in Alnwick today, in which he visited R Turnbull and Sons, Carlo’s fish and chip shop and the Northumberland Gazette office.
During discussions with the public, he stressed just how crucial it was for the Conservatives to take the Berwick seat, which has been held by the Lib Dems for more than 40 years. In the 2010 election, Mrs Trevelyan slashed the yellow majority, in what was a swing of 8.3 per cent from Lib Dem to Tory.
Mr Cameron said: “This is one our the key seats. Anne-Marie Trevelyan works very hard and I am confident that she is a first-class candidate who would do very well in Parliament.”
During his visit, the PM was urged by a woman to be a ‘good boy’ and avoid ‘name-calling’ against Ed Milliband, to which he responded: “Tomorrow, we are doing our manifesto and it will be wholly positive. The whole thing will be about our vision for the future, so name-calling will be kept to an absolute minimum.”
He told another member of the public that more needs to be done to address mental-health issues. He said: “We have given parity and esteem to mental health in the constitution for the NHS and put some money behind that too, but I accept that there is still more to do for mental health.”