SHADOW Chancellor John McDonnell will visit Colchester as part of a nationwide tour highlighting Labour's plans for the country's economy.

McDonnell, who has been Hayes and Harlington MP since 1997, will arrive in the town, which is an official target seat for the party at the next General Election.

The Road to Rebuilding the Economy tour will focus on highlighting the impact of austerity measures on communities and will also include visits to the constituencies of Chingford and Woodford Green, Stroud, Morecambe and more.

McDonnell said: "Different areas have had different experiences over the last two generations and after a successful first year of Labour's Road to Rebuilding the Economy tour, we are now taking our campaign further afield.

"British towns, coast to coast, have lost their traditional industries. Nothing has filled that gap and they have been let down badly by the Tory government, which has inflicted over nine years of austerity on these communities."

He added: "Over nine years of austerity have hit these communities in Essex, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Yorkshire very hard."

McDonnell's Road to Rebuilding the Economy tour arrives in Colchester on Saturday, October 5.

Further details will be announced nearer the time.

In 2017, Labour's Tim Young ran Conservative MP Will Quince close, gaining 18,888 votes compared to Mr Quince's 24,565.

Since then Tina McKay has been selected as the party's candidate for the next election from a female only shortlist.