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‘Save our Library Service’ petition launched in Crawley

Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council and prospective Labour Parliamentary Candidate in the forthcoming election, joined with Labour councillors from across West Sussex today to show his support for their campaign against cutbacks to the Library service across West Sussex.

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Labour Parliamentary Candidate Peter Lamb joined by Cllr Karen Sudan, Sue Quinn, Cllr. Brian Quinn, Cllr. Chris Oxlade & Cllr. Michael Jones.

The proposals would see the mobile library service abolished, all main libraries’ opening hours cut back by at least an hour and many smaller libraries under threat of closure, as Sussex County Council tries to cut back services to fit its shrinking budget following, as Labour put it, ‘continued drastic cuts by the national Tory Government’.

Commenting on the cuts Peter said:

“People in Crawley and all over the country have simply had enough of these cuts. What happened to the promise that austerity was over? Once these services are lost, they are lost forever. That is why I am supporting my County Council Labour Group colleagues in opposing these proposals.

“I know how hard it is to deliver services in the face of relentless budget cuts, but you have to draw a line somewhere. The Library service benefits people of all ages in Crawley. Not every family can afford the internet at home, they go to the library. If it closes at 6pm most working people will only be able to use the service on Saturdays which really isn’t good enough.

“I hope that people will sign the petition and force West Sussex to think again.”

Labour Group Leader on the County Council Michael Jones (Southgate and Gossops Green) who is a member of the Select Committee where the proposals were scrutinised and supported by the Tory majority, added:

“It is outrageously unfair to cut back in this way, and socially very damaging.  West Sussex say they want libraries to be the heart of their communities.  But presumably that is only provided that the community finishes at six in the evening.

“The West Sussex Library Service is one of the jewels in the crown of the county council and it is heartbreaking to see it being whittled away in this wholly irresponsible manner by the West Sussex Tories.

“And the sad fact is that all these Tory cuts to the library service are paltry in local government spending terms and to achieve them they will diminish a vital and much loved service.  I know Labour councillors across West Sussex will be keeping up the pressure to ensure none of them do.”

If the petition, which calls on the Cabinet Member to scrap any planned cuts to the library service, raises 3,000 signatures, which can be from anyone who lives, works or studies in West Sussex, West Sussex County Council will be forced to consider it at a meeting of the full council, where it will have to decide whether to take action to listen to the petitioners’ calls.

The petition can be found here.

General Election 2019

Iain Dickson – Green Party Parliamentary Candidate

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(PLEASE NOTE: Below is the candidates submitted content. None of this or any other candidates content is endorsed or promoted by this publication)

I am standing as the Green Party candidate in Crawley, in the 2019 General Election.

So, why should you vote for me?

I joined the Green Party about 30 years ago because I wanted to make a difference and that difference was to put the environment and people before money making and profit as the main priority in everything we do. The Green Party offered that opportunity to me to try and bring that difference about.

Even when I joined the Greens, scientists for many years had been telling and informing UK governments amongst others around the world that a Climate Crisis is coming if we do not make serious changes. We needed to cut carbon emissions, stop using fossil fuels and replace them with renewable sources, use electric transport, change our agricultural and industrial practices and methods, think about how we dispose of the waste and pollution we create – plastic being just one example amongst many other things.

I am also appalled by the inequalities and injustices in our society and economy. In the 5th richest country in the world, why do we have 14 million people in poverty, homelessness, food banks, low wages, a huge gap between rich and poor?

Why is it we can’t afford money for the NHS, schools, social housing, police, decent wages but we can afford tax cuts for the rich and big business, wasteful projects like HS2, Trident, Hinkley Point nuclear power station and other such things.

We need to change this by ending austerity, paying people a living wage, ending zero hour contracts, properly fund vital services like the NHS, schools, social housing, etc.

A vote for me, is a vote to change this, a vote to massively alter our political system and to make you and the future generations the heart of our decision making.

Tens and hundreds of thousands in the UK and maybe millions of young people and others, around the world in groups such as Extinction Rebellion, are already becoming very aware that changes have to be made.

Businesses are now falling over themselves to announce how environmentally friendly they are – supermarkets are saying they are getting rid of plastic packaging, car manufacturers switching to electric car manufacture and so on.

It is within our reach, to make changes. We have the resources, technology and money. All we lack is the political will to bring this about. Capitalism and consumerism are not set in stone, they can be un-invented or better still adapted, so that it actually puts the needs of people and the environment first, before profits.

As your Green MP, I’ll add political will alongside other Green MPs to bring about these changes. I will ensure that we push for a green revolution where all new policies have the environment at the heart of their conception and implementation.

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for our future generations and those that cannot vote.

Vote Green 2019.

Iain Dickson
Crawley Green Party

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