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Young delegate from Southam takes his concerns to the top
Patrick Jenkins, aged 20, took his concerns about the impact of Tory austerity to the very top of the Labour Party, at this weeks annual conference in Brighton.
He was able to make a speech about the proposal to close Southam’s children’s centre and then raise the issue directly with Cat Smith, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs.
‘In Southam, where I am a town councillor, I have been leading the local Labour Party campaign to highlight the damage that Tory austerity is causing,’ he said.
‘In spite of this, the Tory County Council are currently going ahead with drastic cuts and now they’ve come forward with a proposal that could see my town’s children’s centre close, along with 26 others in the county. All gone.
‘These centres are a lifeline for parents and children. They provide family support and advice, safeguarding from domestic violence, a place for parents to come together and feel part of the cola community.
‘And, of course, we’re all worried about the very serious harm that might arise, due to vulnerable children slipping through that vital safety net.
He went on to say, ‘But the Tory ideologues do not see that. They use the dogma that there is not enough money, but they’ve managed to fill the pockets of the DUP.
‘However, we in the Labour Party know that there is a different choice. That it does not have to be this way. That young parents and children can rely upon us to safeguard their public services.
‘That is what Labour can do. For the many, not the few.’