With the heat of the election campaign behind us, there are two important issues that need to be clarified.
First, the good news: the Labour council will not be closing grammar schools. Nor, as one Conservative leaflet claimed, will we be “demolishing” grammar schools.
Secondly, the bad news: the closure of Accident and Emergency at King George Hospital is still planned.
It won’t happen in 2015 but, as the NHS trust chief executive confirmed, “our plans have not changed and we are still working towards the same end goal”.
The election may be over, but we will not let the Conservative Party off the hook for their misleading pre-election stunt.
A closure delayed because our NHS trust is in crisis is no cause for celebration and is simply not good enough.
The government needs to abandon closure plans altogether.
The Labour council will do eve-rything within our power, work-
ing with residents, to achieve that goal.
Deputy leader of the Labour group.