CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown paid a flying visit to Huddersfield.
And he promised Labour supporters in Outlane that the party would win the Colne Valley seat.
Mr Brown was speaking at a local party conference at the Old Golf House Hotel yesterday.
Also there were Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Dewsbury MP Ann Taylor - who stands down as a Parliamentary candidate today.
Kirklees councillors Mohammed Sarwar, Mehboob Khan and Molly Walton were also present.
Mr Brown - accompanied by wife Sarah and their 18-month-old son, John - outlined what Labour had achieved nationally and in the Colne Valley.
He said pensioners now had more income and fewer people were unemployed.
There were also more doctors and nurses and more education opportunities had been created for young people, said Mr Brown.
He praised local MPs for their work and thanked local supporters.
He added: "I would like to thank you all for what you have done for the Labour party and for your election candidates.
Mr Brown said he did not think the independent and BNP candidates who were challenging the major parties in West Yorkshire were a threat.
He said: "When it comes to a General Election there is a real choice. We can either move forward with the stability we have achieved or put it at risk.
"The success that Labour has created, people won't want to risk that."
He also spoke about problems in manufacturing industry, which include the closure of Globe Worsted's mill at Slaithwaite and its sister factory, Huddersfield Fine Worsted at Kirkheaton, going into administration.
He said: "At a time of industrial challenge, when we are fighting tough competition from all over the world, there are difficulties with the manufacturing industry.
"But unemployment is down 80%. We are nearer than ever to full employment for the first time."
He also promised that, as well as improving employment, education, the NHS and provision for pensioners, the Government would try to cut Third World debt.
Ms Mountford said Mr Brown's speech was inspirational. She added: "The crowd loved him. Doesn't it make you feel proud to have a Chancellor and a Prime Minister who really care? One thing that has happened because of him is the amount of increased income in the poorest areas.
"For example in Crosland Moor - our poorest ward - the rate of income has grown phenomenally, from an average £7,000 a year to £21,000 a year.
"Also, unemployment is down to 2% in my constituency. When people lose a job now you are confident they will get another. Almost everyone at Globe Worsted has found other jobs."