At the Cherwell District Council’s full council meeting this week (Monday 19 October) a motion by Labour Councillors to mandate the council to challenge the county council over children’s centres’ closures was blocked when the conservative voted through their own amendment.
Sean Woodcock, Leader of the Labour group, said “This is a victory for us because Tory-led Cherwell District Council is responding to the county council consultation only because of the Labour group putting it on their agenda. Tories would have kept away from this but for our intervention. Without us, the council would have stayed silent.”
The council chamber was stunned into silence when three women who have used the centres told their very personal stories about how the centres had given them a lifeline and put their lives back on track. One of the women broke down into tears.
Labour Councillor Barry Richards said, “The amendment clearly saved the Tories any embarrassment and we in the Labour Party fight on to retain these important front-line services.”
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