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Theresa May visits Stoke ahead of 'really important' by-election

Prime Minister Theresa May and Stoke Central by-election candidate Jack Brereton are greeted by Emma Bridgewater Photo: PA

Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken of the importance of the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election as she visited the constituency ahead of Thursday's vote.

Mrs May joined Conservative candidate Jack Brereton on a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Hanley on Monday (20th February).

She said: "I'm here because this is a really important by-election."

It's important for the people of Stoke-on-Trent, but it's important for the country more widely too because I want to deliver on Brexit. That's what the people here in Stoke voted for. I want to make a success of it.

The only candidate who will be a strong voice to Stoke-on-Trent Central, the only candidate who is a strong supporter, supports my plans to make a success of Brexit, is Jack Brereton, the Conservative candidate.

– Theresa May
Theresa May with Jack Brereton and Emma Bridgewater Credit: PA

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall had been tipped to take Stoke-on-Trent Central in Thursday's by-election, triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Tristram Hunt.

During her visit, Mrs May was asked about revelations that Stoke-on-Trent's local hospital trust was expected to have a deficit of £100 million.

She said the Government would put an extra £10 billion of funding into the NHS by the end of this Parliament.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recognises the pressures on the Royal Stoke is under and he said that he will visit, he will talk to them about this and he will be doing so shortly.

– Theresa May
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