David Cameron Backs Our Keep It Local Campaign

DAVID CAMERON has thrown his weight behind the Ely Standard s Keep it Local Campaign. The Conservative Party Leader has been waging a national campaign against centralisation of health services and post office closures and has now turned his eye towards

DAVID CAMERON has thrown his weight behind the Ely Standard's Keep it Local Campaign.

The Conservative Party Leader has been waging a national campaign against centralisation of health services and post office closures and has now turned his eye towards the Fens, in a bid to help our area to secure the local services it desperately needs to safeguard.

"I welcome the Ely Standard's Keep it Local Campaign," said Mr Cameron. "Post Offices, small shops, and now GPs surgeries - across the country, these are all under threat and all face closure in the name of bureaucratic neatness and the idea that big is always beautiful. Well, it's not. These are the sort of things that bind local communities together. And these are the services that people absolutely depend on for their day-to-day lives. So I wish your campaign well."

Our Keep It Local campaign aims to support independent traders, and create a city that is not a dormitory for commuters but a place with community spirit, towns and villages where residents can enjoy a high standard of living and use a range of quality local services on their doorsteps.


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That is why we are campaigning to keep Ely Magistrate's Court open, pledging our support for local businesses and alerting the public to the possibility of centralised healthcare. We are also campaigning for a community arts centre in the city since the Babylon Gallery closed for exhibitions and the future of The Maltings as an arts centre is uncertain. And we want you to get behind us.

Take five minutes to go and visit your nearest independent shop and have a chat with its staff. Next time you visit your GP get an update not just on your own health but on the health of their surgery and livelihoods. Sign our petition to keep the magistrate's court open, which is online now, or visit Aquafest this weekend, where Ely Standard reporters and editor Debbie Davies will be on-hand to talk to you about the campaign and you can sign our petition. We're not just telling you what to do, we're doing it ourselves.

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Fellow Conservative and champion of independent trade in Littleport, Fred Brown, told the Ely Standard this week that he wholeheartedly supported our campaign.

"The district council [of which he is leader] has spent a lot of money trying to get businesses to come to East Cambridgeshire but it seems that central government is turning all our efforts to nothing with their centralisation policies. Cambridge is a city with high congestion, so if you centralise our services there, it is only going to make the problem worse. We have an ineffective bus service and ineffective connections to other city centres, and people who are going to be on the poverty line next winter as fuel costs rise. We need to keep local services where they are and as they are."

nNEXT week, our campaign takes a look at the future of local post offices By Tuesday, we will know which post offices in our area are under threat of closure before a 'public consultation' exercise begins. Find out what you can do, if your community post office is to close and hear your MPs views on the subject.

We will also be visiting traders to ask for their support for our campaign.

Go to: www.elystandard24.co.uk and sign the petition to keep the magistrates court open and register your support for our campaign. Posters and car stickers are available at our office at 38 Market Street, Ely.

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