LABOUR'S Angela Rayner attacked Tory and LIb Dem candidates for snubbing an all party hustings in Ashton-under-Lyne.
She accused them of being afraid to defend their record of austerity and cuts in public services.
Angela said: "I don't know why they didn't turn up, but they have a duty to answer questions from local people about their record in government.
"They have treated the people of Ashton-under-Lyne with contempt by staying away from giving local voters the chance to question them and hold them to account.
"I can only conclude that they are afraid of defending their record of austerity and cuts which have caused so much damage to working people here."
Candidates from the Greens and UKIP turned up for the hustings held at Holy Trinity Church, organised by Community and Voluntary Action Tameside.
Angela told the audience that only Labour had put forward fully costed policies, while the Tories were "promising the earth, without saying were the money was coming from."
She said: "People are fed up of politicians breaking their promises.
"Labour has costed our programme for change down to the last penny. We have a very clear alternative to David Cameron's cuts for working people and tax cuts for billionaires.
"We will bring fairness back to our country and give working people a better future."