I recently took time out of my election campaign to join in the celebrations at the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative, as they were hosting a magical firework display to mark the centre closing its doors after a successful eighteen years of working within the community.
The centre worked in partnership between locals, elected members, public service and businesses to see the community thrive; now with the mission having a reached a positive conclusion, the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative has closed. The Initiative has held a place in my heart for years and I know without this amazing organisation being in place the area would not have achieved as much as it has done.
What struck me talking to the crowd was the sense that although the centre was closing, people were rejoicing at the crucial support they have had access to over the years and how they feel that everywhere should have the same sort of service.
The Labour Party and I recognise the value of this scheme, and I’m proud that we’ve pledged to put £30 billion in local constituents all across the country not only implementing more community centres but improve transport and equip our young people with the skills they need to help to next generations succeed. This funding allows local regions to expand on our local economy to make Yorkshire’s economy stand strong.
I have said for too long that our communities are not getting the support they desperately need as all the money is going to Whitehall. I’m pleased Labour will reverse this. I feel that we as a nation are becoming too centralised, losing focus on our local community and I would like to see more partnerships being introduced in local communities as they need to come together to put in practice, what we have seen from this Initiative.