Uckfield problems including lack of affordable housing, hidden poverty and the rail crisis have been raised with Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
Mr McDonnell addressed thousands of people who turned out in Brighton to protest on Saturday about cuts to the NHS and also spent time with Uckfield Labour Party member Robert Williams.
The range of issues discussed included upcoming East Sussex County Council elections and proposed cuts to be made to the council’s budget.
Uckfield Labour Party said, in a press release, that Mr McDonnell condemned the cuts saying they would damage social services we use every day.
He said the cuts imposed on local government budgets were one of the root causes of the NHS crisis and we must do everything we can to oppose them.
Mr Williams also informed Mr McDonnell of the cut to the Duke of Edinburgh Award that Uckfield Labour Party member Daniel Manvell in particular has been working so hard to try and stop.
Mr McDonnell said he was baffled about why ESCC would stop providing a scheme that allows young people so many fantastic opportunities.
Mr McDonnell’s advice was to “continue to campaign enthusiastically to resolve these issues and give the May elections everything you’ve got”.
He said with the increased Labour Party membership the council elections were a great opportunity to get everyone out in the community and that running a strong local campaign could become a good base for future elections which could impact upon the Conservatives.
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