A CELEBRATED Labour politician was joined by his beloved guide dog for a pre-election visit to the North Wales coast.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett visited Rhyl to see what progress had been made since he designated West Rhyl as one of five policing priority areas eight years ago.

As he toured the town with a party that included Vale of Clwyd Labour candidate Chris Ruane, Mr Blunkett heard from various organisations which aimed to tackle anti-social behaviour and also provide activities for younger people and he also visited the Hub on Wellington Road.

He said: “It’s wonderful to be back and to see how much progress has been made in around seven years. The Hub is a phenomenal example of co-operative working offering wide-ranging opportunities.

“None of this would have happened without Chris Ruane campaigning and speaking as the voice of the local people in Parliament and I am very proud to be a colleague of his.”

Mr Ruane said there was much to be proud of in the area, having been keen to make Mr Blunkett aware of the progress made in recent years. 

He said: “What happens at the Hub is a shining example of what could take place in communities right across the country and I know that David was hugely impressed. 

“It was a pleasure to introduce him to all those who put so much hard work into improving our communities.”