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Friday, June 16, 2006

NEWS: Local Works

Pens at the ready everyone: I have a date for your diary - especially you Londoners out there. On Monday 26 June there will be a Local Works Parliamentary Forum Meeting at 6pm in The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Embankment, London SW1

If you haven't heard about Local Works yet, you can probably guess by the name that it's all about supporting the local (which we like!), and shaking a fist at the clone high streets that we've been hearing so much about lately. The Local Works website tells you all about it and what you can do to help.

At its heart, Local Works is the campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill. The Bill was originally drafted by the New Economics Foundation (nef) and a collection of civic and environmental organisations. Currently, Local Works has 62 national supporting organisations.

The meeting on Monday 26 June gives you the chance to hear about the great progress the campaign has been making. You will have the opportunity to put your views to Oliver Letwin MP (and his Party’s Policy Review), and to Julia Goldsworthy MP, the sponsor of the Bill - as well as hearing first hand from Jim Dowd MP about the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group’s report on High Street decline and possible solutions.

The speakers at the meeting will be:
Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP - Head of the Policy Review for the Conservatives
Jim Dowd MP - Labour Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group
Julia Goldsworthy MP - Lib-Dem sponsor of the Sustainable Communities Bill
and a campaign update from Ron Bailey

Space is limited so if you do want to attend, you will need to let Natasha Keskin know ( or 020 7833 9898). You also need to be a member of the Local Works campaign which is very quick and simple to do here.

Please get behind this campaign - it gives us the chance to really make a difference.

Take care


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