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The Tories famously pledged to be the “most family friendly Government we’ve ever had” before the 2010 election. As part of this claim they said they would protect Sure Start, the transformative early year years programme introduced by Labour to give young children the best start in life. But new research, based on Freedom of Information requests to councils, reveals that there are now over 1,240 fewer designated Sure Start children’s centres than when the Tories took office- a fall of around 34 per cent since 2010.

In the South East, 150 Sure Start Centres have been slashed.

Angela Rayner MP: Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the closures, said:

“The Tories claim they’re protecting Sure Start, but they’re not. They use tricky accounting methods- like pointing to buildings which are still open but which are running much reduced services-to try to pull the wool over people’s eyes. But the facts speak for themselves.

“There are a third fewer designated centres than there were when the Tories came to office. We know that because we asked local authorities, those tasked with running these vital services, and that’s what they told us.

“The Tories are taking us backwards. It’s a scandal that parents and children are paying the price.”

The Tories have slashed Sure Start. There are now 150 fewer centres in the South East

Labour have selected Sarah Mann to contest the County Council Election in Chandler's Ford on May 4th. Sarah has lived in Chandler's Ford for over ten years, and is no stranger to community action, taking up issues for local Housing Association tenants.

Sarah Joined the Labour Party because she is passionate about making life better for everybody, not just the super rich and the big corporations.

Sarah says, "Only Labour county councillors will fight against the cuts to the local services we all depend on."

To get in touch with Sarah or join the campaign phone 023 8061 3357

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Sarah Mann to be Labour County Candidate

Labour have selected Sarah Mann to contest the County Council Election in Chandler's Ford on May 4th. Sarah has lived in Chandler's Ford for over ten years, and is no...

Phil Baker from Eastleigh Labour Party is cycling 310 kilometres around Cuba from 27 April to 9th May to raise funds for essential educational equipment for disabled Cuban children and supporting the work of the Cuban Solidarity campaign. Phil came to our last Labour Party meeting and gave us a fascinating insight into the background for the trip. To find out more take a look at Phil’s Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/PhilCubaCycleChallenge/

Phil Baker’s Cycle Cuba Challenge April-May 2017

Phil Baker from Eastleigh Labour Party is cycling 310 kilometres around Cuba from 27 April to 9th May to raise funds for essential educational equipment for disabled Cuban children and supporting the...

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