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No regrets from our Tory MP over Children's Centre closures

Ben Gummer finally broke his silence on Childrens Centres in his Star column last week, but I cant imagine what he said will have impressed many parents, writes Labour Parliamentary Candidate, David Ellesmere.

There wasnt a word of regret about the closure of the nine childrens centres. In fact, reading Bens column youd be hard pressed to realise that any childrens centres are closing at all.


His claim that there are more childrens centres in Ipswich relies on accepting that the East Ipswich Childrens Centreis actually achildrens centre. Nobody believes this. 

East Ipswich Childrens Centre is PR spin by the County Council to cover up their closure of the Ormiston Childrens Centre.

It has the same address as the Tree HouseChildrens Centre, the same telephone number as the Tree House ChildrensCentre and even the same manager as the Tree House Childrens Centre. Yetwe are expected to believe that it is separate childrens centre.It isnt.

Ben is also very partial with his description of his ambushof Harriet Harman in 2010. He doesnt mention a statement he issued at the time where he said: I have a very simple message for anyone involved with Sure Start in Ipswich: the Conservatives have no plans to close any Children's Centres.

No amount of wriggling can hide the fact that on childrens centres - as on so many other issues - we were promised one thing by the Conservatives in 2010 and they have done completely the opposite.

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