EDUCATION NOT SEGREGATION - LOCAL LABOUR LEADS THE WAY!
Members, volunteers, supporters, councillors and MPs turned out across the country today, in a Nationwide Campaign Day, taking the fight to the Conservatives and their divisive Education Proposals for 1950's Grammar Schools.
Derbyshire was at the forefront, with Derbyshire Dales participating strongly in two key locations, arguing for Labour's National Education Service and signing up names for the Education Not Segregation petition.
Wirksworth held their regular Farmer's Market Stall, centring upon the Education Campaign. A strong turn out, as usual, met with strong support.
Matlock also threw themselves into the campaign with a pop-up stall at the head of Hall Leys Park. Here, as many as 12 volunteers handed out leaflets and stickers and engaged with the public. Three pages of names were collected; two historically Conservative voters were recruited to join the Labour Party; many parents and many former Grammar pupils expressed support and encouragement; and, crucially, Labour were highly visible in the town.
Derbyshire Dales Youth Officer, Uther Naysmith, said:
"I'm very pleased with the campaign. It's great to get out into the street and engage with the public. I'm really glad Labour was seen campaigning for 'education not segregation' in the community, connecting with ordinary voters, and I hope to continue this trend.There is a lot of potential Labour support in Matlock and in Derbyshire Dales as a whole and we intend to work to build upon it."
And when the stalls were long packed away and the Derbyshire sun was setting, a local member was asked by his local supermarket check-out assistant about his Education Not Segregation sticker and told him just how many people wearing the stickers had come through his checkout. He turned out to be yet another of our swelling ranks of Derbyshire Dales Labour members!