Hundreds of people armed with smartphones and cameras swarmed this afternoon as Labour leader Ed Miliband visited Harrow.
Ed Miliband arrived at a packed Belmont Circle this afternoon as he joined Harrow East candidate Uma Kumaran, Harrow West candidate Gareth Thomas and Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner’s Michael Borio as part of his campaign tour.
With less than 100 hours until the General Election, the Labour leader spoke to voters about a variety of key issues including tuition fees, diversity and the NHS.
The visit comes after the party unveiled its pledges in stone, including a promise for "an NHS with the time to care".
Speaking to the Harrow Times, Mr Miliband said: “Our pledge definitely can help Northwick Park hospital, because it is a pledge for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more doctors, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives.
“That is a properly funded plan from the mansion tax – all those expensive properties above £2 million -by clamping down on tax avoidance by the hedge funds and the tobacco companies, and there is an immediate rescue plan for the NHS which will be happening within months of a Labour government.
“Accident and emergency departments are the barometer of what is happening in the health service, and so by having more nurses, by having more care workers and getting elderly people out of hospital or by having more doctors and more GP appointments, we can relieve the pressure on A&E.
“This is absolutely essential and I really dread to think what the NHS will look like with another five years of a Conservative government.”
The Oxford graduate has faced criticism throughout the election campaign, with some photoshopping Moses into photos of the unveiling of his manefesto monument, along with attacks on the way he ate a bacon sandwich early in the campaign.
More recently, Miss Kumaran claims to have seen leaflets circulating in Harrow East criticising her for leaving a hustings early – despite making her apologies.
Mr Miliband added: “Of course you get personal attacks but Uma is tough enough to withstand them, and so am I.
“In the end, this is a matter for Harrow. Do they want an MP who will vote to abolish the bedroom tax and vote for a higher minimum wage or vote to save the National Health Service, or do they want an MP who will keep the bedroom tax, who will vote against the NHS rescue plan – that’s their choice at the General Election.
“I’m proud of Uma’s campaign – she’s been knocking on thousands of doors every week, she’s been campaigning on local issues like the NHS and affordable housing, and I think she has shown with her energy, her commitment to Harrow and her real enthusiasm for the values that would make her a perfect Member of Parliament.”
Crowds of more than 250 supporters flooded the campaign bus, with self-confessed ‘Milifans’ requesting selfies and signatures from the leader.