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A meeting of the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Liberal Democrat Cabinet has agreed to restructure Children’s Centres based on cuts of £1.5m, and to support a ‘right to provide’ request which could see Children’s Centre staff set up a staff mutual to run the service in the future. 

Labour activists before the meeting

Councillor Liz Hardman (Labour, Paulton) said “The B&NES Labour Group, Labour activists, and families using Children’s Centre services have successfully campaigned to reduce the scale of the cuts to Children’s Centres which were originally set at £2.3m.  The additional money has helped to reduce the impact of the cuts on the most vulnerable children in our area. 

“However, the cuts remain very significant.  Children’s Centre staff believe that if they are allowed to run the Children’s Centres themselves, they will be able to provide more services with less direct B&NES funding."

"The Labour Group will continue to campaign for Children’s Centres and the services they provide by lobbying for transitional money to help set up a staff-run organisation as quickly as possible so that the universal services which are being cut, such as Messy Play, can be allowed to continue”.

 


 

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For more information contact Cllr Liz Hardman 07999 894925

Notes to Editors:

The B&NES Cabinet met last week, on 10 September, when it considered the future of Children’s Centres in the light of the proposed budget cuts.

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Todd Foreman, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset, will visit Glasgow on 18 September to help the Scottish referendum “No” campaign get supporters to the polls on polling day.

Todd said, “I think it would be a huge shame for all of us in Britain if Scotland decides to 'go it alone'. I often tell people that I'm American by birth and British by naturalisation. 

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The fact that the UK includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is an important part of our shared British identity and I would hate to see that lost.

And on a more practical level, I think that the financial cost of breaking up the UK would be an unwelcome burden for all British people and especially for Scotland. I'm also concerned that Scotland's departure would leave Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK, in a weaker position internationally."

“I don't have a vote in the referendum as I live in England, but I want to do what I can to help keep Scotland in the UK. The best way that I know to help is to spend the day knocking on doors in Scotland encouraging people to go out and vote 'No' in the referendum.”

 


You can keep up to date with Todd in Scotland via Twitter - @ToddDForeman

North East Somerset Labour candidate travels to Scotland to support "No" referendum campaign

Todd Foreman, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset, will visit Glasgow on 18 September to help the Scottish referendum “No” campaign get supporters to the polls on polling day....

Conservative MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees Mogg has for over a year been calling for a Tory-UKIP pact. Today’s defection by Conservative MP Dominic Carswell highlights the weak leadership at the heart of the Conservative Party and has raised questions about the future party loyalty of North East Somerset's Tory MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.  National press reports have been quick to speculate that Rees-Mogg could follow suit and defect to UKIP.

Todd Foreman, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset commented:

“A Tory MP defecting to UKIP shows that the message to working people is clear: vote UKIP and you not only get policies that are more extreme than the Tories, you also get the Tories.

“The Tory MP for NE Somerset Jacob Rees Mogg needs to put his money where his mouth is and be honest with the residents of NE Somerset about what he stands for.

“Voters here in 2010 elected Jacob Rees Mogg on a platform of Conservative policies, but for over a year now he has been aligning himself with the extreme policies advocated by UKIP, such as wanting higher taxes for working families, huge giveaways for the rich, scrapping rights at work and charges to see your GP.

“His constituents have a right to know who it is that is representing them, what he believes and on what platform he is standing next year.  If North East Somerset voters elect me as their MP at the next election, they know that they will be getting a Labour MP for the duration of the Parliament.  Jacob Rees-Mogg needs to state clearly whether he will remain in the Conservative Party for the duration of the next Parliament if he is re-elected.”

“Only a vote for Labour in May 2015 offers a sure alternative for North East Somerset.”

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Jacob Reeds Mogg has publicly called for the Conservative Party to align with UKIP

On policy:

"In policy terms the two parties are fairly close with many issues, divided by nuance rather than fundamental position"

On leadership:

On his views about the position of his Party:

Jacob Rees-Mogg told the BBC "winning back our friends in UKIP" was the Conservative's first priority, but that the two parties had enough similarities to merit a "coupon", or agreement to support each other's candidates in the future.

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