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Ed Miliband visited Leicester to a packed Little Theatre in Dover Street today and got a great reception from Party activists and supporters.

You can read about his visit in the Leicester Mercury.

Here is a great picture gallery from the Leicester Mercury.

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Liz Kendall MP sets out the case in the Leicester Mercury why you should vote in the Police & Crime Commissioner Election on Thursday 15th November.

The Labour Party candidate is Cllr Sarah Russell and details of her campaign and key pledges can be found on her website http://www.sarah4pcc.co.uk.

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This is an article first published by Labour Councillor for Beaumont Leys and member of the Leicestershire Police Authority, Sundip Meghani, on his blog.

Members of the Leicestershire Police Authority (LPA) voted on Tuesday 21 February to increase the police precept by 2.5% for the coming financial year. Members rejected the Government’s offer of a one-off grant for a 0% precept freeze and opted instead for a baseline increase to secure a stronger financial position in the longer term.

Thanks to a concerted and united effort by Labour Members – Cllr Sundip Meghani, Cllr Barbara Potter, Cllr Lynn Senior (City Members) and Cllr Max Hunt (County Member) – together with the strong support of City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, the Labour Party managed to achieve a good result for the people of Leicestershire.

All four Labour Members voted in favour of the 2.5% increase whereas two Tory Councillors and one Liberal Democrat Councillor from Leicestershire County Council voted for a 0% freeze. To their credit the Chair of the LPA and all of the independent Members present also voted for the rise.

The 2.5% precept rise means that the average Band D property will pay an extra £4.24 a year. However by securing a 2.5% precept increase Labour has strengthened the position of the Police Authority in the longer term, saved nearly 200 police jobs and safeguarded neighbourhood and frontline policing.

Labour has also listened to the overwhelming majority of people in Leicester and Leicestershire, 75% of whom favoured a rise in the police precept when consulted by the LPA.

The simple truth is that unlike Conservative and Liberal Democrat County Councillors who tried to cut services and police numbers still further, Labour Councillors have succeeded in protecting hundreds of police jobs, protecting neighbourhood policing and protecting the integrity of a truly local and responsive police force here in Leicestershire.

As this Tory-led Government seeks to cut 30,000 police jobs and risk increases in crime and anti-social behaviour, Labour will continue to listen to the concerns of ordinary people, and continue to fight hard to protect neighbourhood policing and officer numbers right across our country.

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On Thursday 19th January, Liz Kendall MP, Andy Burnham MP (Shadow Health Secretary) and other members of Labour’s Health Team are visiting the East Midlands to shadow NHS frontline staff and then hold a ‘Drop the Bill’ rally.

The event will take place at 4pm in Leicester. Full details will be sent once you have registered to attend the event.

To register please email vicky_street@labour.org.uk. Places are limited so please register by 12pm Wednesday 18 January.

This event is also open to non-members, so if you have any family or friends who work in healthcare or know of someone who has an interest in the future of the NHS then please pass this onto them and ask them if they would like to join us.

We would like to invite you to this public event to show our opposition to the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill alongside NHS Staff and Trade Unions.

Nye Bevan famously said that there would be an NHS “for as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”. That fight is now upon us.

P.S Don’t forget to sign the petition to Drop the Bill – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670

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This article was published in Progress 24th September 2011 by Deputy Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Rory Palmer.

Rory talks about Leicester’s early experience with having a directly elected mayor and what other cities can learn from it.

Read the article, “Yes to directly elected mayors”.

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