Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls praised an Ilkeston company during a visit to the town last week.
The MP visited the manufacturing unit and offices of Sensory Technology, on Merlin Way, on Thursday to lend his support to Labour candidate Catherine Atkinson’s Living Wage campaign, as the countdown to May’s General Election continues.
He also met representatives of the Erewash Partnership and embarked on a tour of Long Eaton town centre to talk about high street regeneration.
Sensory Technology, which designs and installs specialist equipment for use in sensory rooms, was chosen for the visit because it pays its employees above the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour.
Donna Wakeman, from the company, said: “During his tour, Mr Balls chatted freely with all the staff and showed great interest in the sensory products and service that Sensory Technology delivers to special needs children and adults throughout the UK.
“He was especially impressed with our unique Sensor Floor™ and couldn’t resist having a go.”
Ms Atkinson, who is talking to employers across Erewash about Labour’s ‘Make Work Pay’ contracts, which would reward businesses with a tax rebate for becoming Living Wage-accredited, said: “Under the Tories we have seen a cost-of-living crisis that has left businesses and local people worse off.
“A Labour government will support our fantastic businesses in Erewash and ‘Make Work Pay’ contracts will reward those that want to become Living Wage accredited.
“Businesses such as this are leading the way and I am pleased the Shadow Chancellor came with me to congratulate them.”