Parents invite PM to march through Oxford to fight children’s centres closure

Families and users of children's centres in Oxfordshire protest outside Oxfordshire County Council in response to drastic changes to the provision of children's centres and early intervention services in the county. Picture by Jill Huish. NNL-150909-105729001

Families and users of children's centres in Oxfordshire protest outside Oxfordshire County Council in response to drastic changes to the provision of children's centres and early intervention services in the county. Picture by Jill Huish. NNL-150909-105729001

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Campaigners fighting to save children’s centres in Oxfordshire have invited Prime Minister David Cameron to march with them in Oxford tomorrow (Saturday).

Mr Cameron sent a letter to Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, which was published in the national press this week with the Witney MP ‘disappointed’ at proposed cuts to frontline services including elderly centres and libraries and the ‘unwelcome and counter-productive proposals to close children’s centres across the county’.

But in response Mr Hudspeth reminded the Prime Minister that he ‘worked hard to assist you in achieving a Conservative majority’.

Parents and their children from the Save Oxfordshire Children’s Centres Campaign will meet at 1pm and march from Bonn Square to the Clarendon Building in Broad Street to demonstrate against the proposed closure of children’s centres.

Jill Huish, campaign spokesperson, said: “It’s just not good enough. That’s why we’re inviting Mr Cameron to march with us through Oxford. We cannot keep Mum and watch the 44 children’s centres in Oxfordshire be decimated.

“Our march will represent Oxfordshire standing up and stay a clear ‘No to the Cuts’. The people of Oxfordshire want their frontline services and support for families protected. We will demand that both local and national government see sense and stop playing with our children’s futures and withdraw the closure of our children’s centres.”

For more information visit the Save Oxfordshire Children’s Centres Facebook page or visit http://saveoxfordshireschildrenscentres.com/