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Archive for February, 2015

Leicester West MP, Liz Kendall writes in the Leicester Mercury about her commitment to achieve the best outcomes for young people and children in her constituency.

My mum was a primary school teacher and the importance of working hard at school was drummed into me from an early age.

A good education was my ticket to a better life and it’s what I want for every child in this city.

Education starts at home. Before I became an MP, I was director of the charity the Maternity Alliance.

We campaigned to improve support for pregnant women, new parents and their babies because all the evidence shows that what happens before a child even gets to school has a big impact on their later life chances.

The level of stimulation and interaction babies and toddlers receive affects the way their brain develops, their behaviour and their ability to learn.

This can be as simple as how much parents play with, read and talk to their babies.

One of the biggest challenges we face in Leicester West is that children start school, on average, 15 months behind where they should be for their age in terms of their development.

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Today, New Walk Centre, which has been the City Council offices for the past 40 years were demolished in a controlled collapse of the buildings. The buildings were vacated last year, having been found structurally unsound. The City Council has moved the majority of its staff to the new City Hall in Charles Street, renovating Attenborough House which was built in the 1950s and was previously used for municipal purposes.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rory Palmer, watching the demolition (before and after pics).

The area of New Walk Centre will open up the exciting possibility of having a landmark development at the heart of the city and next to the historic Victorian New Walk. The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, is currently looking at proposals for development in the place of New Walk Centre.

There is lots of coverage of the spectacular demolition on the Leicester Mercury Website, BBC One East Midlands and ITV East Midlands.

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Bernard Szczech, chief executive of IBM Services UK, recently praised the City Council and the City’s Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby for creating a business friendly environment in Leicester which lured IBM to the city. He was speaking in Parliament, less than a week after announcing the US multi-national was setting up a major IT centre in the city and creating 300 hi-tech jobs.

Mr Szczech said, “We love Leicester, we love the city, we love the work you are doing there and the great transport links and also the really good pool of graduates we are hoping will work with us in Leicester.”

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Other Leicester Mercury articles on IBM’s move to Leicester can be found at :

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