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PUBLISHED: 11:27 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 25 August 2010

FUN: Brothers Michael and Joseph Murray with Eltham MP Clive Efford, Harriet Harman.

FUN: Brothers Michael and Joseph Murray with Eltham MP Clive Efford, Harriet Harman.

THE deputy leader of the Labour Party has pledged more children s centres for under five-year-olds in their upcoming manifesto.

THE deputy leader of the Labour Party has pledged more children's centres for under five-year-olds in their upcoming manifesto.

Harriet Harman visited the Storkway Sure Start Children's Centre in Ridgebrook Road, Kidbrooke, on Tuesday morning (16) for an hour meeting with parents who use the venue.

The centre provides early learning and childcare, as well as parenting support, health advice, and midwifery services.

Accompanied by Eltham MP Clive Efford, she refused to be drawn on the possibility of the Tories taking Eltham in the general election, expected in May.

She said: "It is a big choice for the people of Eltham - if they want this sort of centre and if they want a hardworking, active MP, then it is Labour and Clive.

"The centre is really fantastic and inspiring. I do not think it is any exaggeration to say that. To see the children happy and enjoying themselves is fantastic.

"It is good to meet the parents. One, who had her boys here, has now done her degree and is going to become a teacher.

"This is going to be a centrepiece of the manifesto - to build more."

The minister for Women and Equality, supported the latest recommendations on MPs expenses, which state members who have made a profit on their mortgage should put back the profit into the public purse.

Parliament's new expenses chief Sir Ian Kennedy said profits should be surrendered but it was up to HM Revenue and Customs to manage it.

Ms Harman said: "We [the government] support what is being done by the new body.

"It is not for MPs to decide."

Similar centres are now being built in Shooters Hill and The Slade in Plumstead.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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