Prime Minister David Cameron visits Gravesend ahead of local elections
PUBLISHED: 12:01 28 April 2011
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The Prime Minister visited a recently saved Sure Start Children's Centre, pledging to fight Labour in the "key political battleground" of north Kent.
David Cameron met with staff and parents at Little Pebbles Children’s Centre, on the site of Chantry Primary School, Gravesend, on Tuesday to give support to Gravesham Conservatives ahead of next Thursday’s local election and vote on AV.
The centre was one of 90 across the county saved from closure by Kent County Council earlier this month.
He said: “This just shows what Labour is saying about Conservatives closing Sure Start is just not true.
“Kent County Council and Gravesham are to be commended for making savings in back office cuts and maintaining frontline services.
“North Kent is always a key political battleground and an important bellwether seat and I wanted to come down and offer support to the work being carried out by Gravesham Borough Council and by Kent.”
Mr Cameron spoke with parents about the future of Sure Start before delivering a speech at New Line Learning Academy in Maidstone.
Little Pebbles was established two years ago and helps the families of 1,200 children, offering services from pre-natal advice to would-be mothers through to English and literacy lessons.
Centre manager Hema Birdi said: “We were only told the centre would be safe a short time ago. Our parents are extremely relieved. It was a great experience to speak to the Prime Minister.”
Mike Snelling, leader of the Conservative led Gravesham Council added: “The fact David Cameron visited Gravesend shows the importance he attaches to the area and to the Sure Start programme.”
Last week Labour Leader Ed Miliband was in the town, and Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone visited on Thursday.
Elections for Gravesham Borough Council, as well as the national referendum on the Alternative Vote will be held next Thursday.