9 days after taking his seat in parliament, Andy McDonald has delivered his maiden speech in the Commons. As is usual on such occasions he paid tribute to his predecessor, Sir Stuart Bell, who died in mid October.
But Mr McDonald concentrated for the most part on the challenges facing his home town. He condemned politicians who characterised the unemployed as 'scrougers'. He called for more compassion in these difficult economic times.
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