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County-wide day of action held to ‘Save Suffolk’s Children’s Centres’ by the Labour Party

A county-wide day of action was held on Saturday as part of a campaign to ‘Save Suffolk’s Children’s Centres’.

The Labour Party were campaigning in ten locations across Suffolk to highlight the proposed cuts to children’s centres.

Supporters were in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Newmarket, Saxmundham, Stanton, Stowmarket, Sudbury and Woodbridge.

Supporters campaigning in Bury St Edmunds.
Supporters campaigning in Bury St Edmunds.

Cllr Jack Abbott, Labour’s spokesman for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said: “We are not going to allow the Conservatives to cut even more children’s centres without a fight. These centres are a lifeline for many families, so we will stand alongside parents and their children, doing everything we can to prevent this disaster.

"The response to our county-wide day of action was overwhelming - a dozen locations in every corner of Suffolk saw hundreds of people sign our petition against these brutal cuts. It underlines just how important children's centres are to so many of Suffolk's residents.

“With organisations like the British Association of Social Workers also warning about the devastating impact that these cuts would have on families, it is clear that these damaging proposals need to be dropped.

People gathered in Ipswich to support the petition.
People gathered in Ipswich to support the petition.

“The Tories at Suffolk County Council must not repeat the same mistake as they did when they ignored the overwhelming opposition to their school transport cuts. They need to listen to families, experts and campaigners and ditch their senseless plans for Suffolk’s children’s centres.”

The campaign to ‘Save Suffolk’s Children’s Centres’ will also march through Woodbridge on Saturday, which stands to lose four out of its six children’s centres in the Suffolk coastal constituency.

The petition to ‘Save Suffolk’s Children’s Centres’ has now gained over 1,500 signatures.

The petition can be found here: https://www.ipswich-labour.org.uk/save_suffolk_s_children_s_centres

A group was also present in Stowmarket.
A group was also present in Stowmarket.

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