Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My local campaign against downgrading music teaching in my old school

Please see below a front page story about my campaign against the threatened downgrading of music teaching in my former school, Newent Community School, in Gloucestershire.

As a musician, I believe passionately in the importance of music (and other creative arts) in all our schools, not just in elite schools. My writing on this can be read here.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Letter in Rugby newspapers: Tory vs Tory leaves ordinary people's concerns neglected

The Editor,
Rugby Observer

Rugby's interests come second when it's Tory vs. Tory


As a Labour candidate for the local elections in May, I've been campaigning on the streets of Rugby, hearing ordinary people's concerns about insensitive and damaging way that the Conservative-run  Borough and County councils have inflicted cuts on our communities.

Conservatives could perhaps be forgiven for giving preference to the interests of the wealthy, comfortable and strong - this is after all in their DNA. What is unforgivable about the behaviour of our local Tories is the recent bout of empire-building and infighting in their own ranks. The Conservative leaders of Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council are currently engaged in dispute over whether Warwickshire should become a unitary authority. We shall no doubt see in coming weeks the unseemly spectacle of Rugby's Cllr Humphrey slogging it out with Warwickshire's Cllr Izzi Seccombe over whose empire should gain ground.

Tories are placing their self-serving needs over the interests of the people of Rugby. People will make up their own mind about whether Tory candidates deserve their vote.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger
Vice-Chair, Rugby Labour Party

The letter also appeared in the Rugby Advertiser on 24/4/14