This is the draft that I wrote for a Respect meeting held in Canning Town during the GLA elections held in May.
Amongst the speakers was George Galloway MP
it was a moderately attended meeting held in Canning Town, Newham, East London.
This is what the Leaflet said;
End Child Poverty
3.8 million children - one in three- are currently living in poverty in the UK one of the highest rates in the industrialised world.
Given the wealth of our nation the fourth wealthiest in the world. This is a shocking figure.
The East End Tops The League for Child Poverty
Poplar and Canning Town 48%
West Ham 38%
East Ham 35%
The Child Face
The face of poverty has changed under New Labour. Children have replaced pensioners as the most at-risk group.
Poverty Blights Children's Lives
Children from poor families are excluded from participating in society. They can't afford school trips and other activity's; they can't afford school uniforms or winter cloths, unable to go swimming or have a friend round to tea or celebrate their birthdays.
Not To Have Gone Boldly Will Cost Us All
The Government's recent budget means that it will not hit its own target of halving child poverty by 2010 and any increase in child benefit and tax credits will in the near future be adsorbed by fuel and food price increases.
Respect and Equality
Respect stands for Peace, Justice and Equality and no more so than for our Children.
Cllr Hanif Abdulmuhit the Respect Candidate for the GLA City and East Constituency has made child poverty a priority in his campaign and pledged not only to represent adults but to be the voice of East London's Children.
A Future for All Our Children
Poverty experienced during childhood can have a profound and lasting impact on the child and their family. It sets in motion an often deepening spiral of social exclusion, creating problems with education; mental and physical health and social interaction. Our Children deserve far better than what is currently on offer in this technological and scientific civilization, they are entitled to a future that's not just dependent on the ability to pay, an equal chance in life for every child no mater what!
Oliver Twist: "Please Sir, I want some more"
Mr. Bumble: " More?"
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