Lib Dems get paintbrushes out in Southwark

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Last Wednesday saw over 70 Liberal Democrats out with paintbrushes in hand, brightening up a local school and Victim Support centre.

Simon Hughes led the charge as staff from the party’s Great George Street headquarters got to work in Bermondsey.

Victim Support at Hannibal House, Elephant and Castle, was given a lick of paint by the team – who spent the day with paint pots at the ready.

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Anita Reid, Divisional Manager at Victim Support, said "As a charity that works with a high volume of referrals, we don't get an opportunity to do the small things that can make a difference to a victim's experience whilst accessing support at our main Southwark office.

“On a visit to learn more about our work with victims and witnesses of crime, Simon Hughes MP made the generous offer to come back with his team and freshen up our rather tired reception area.“

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“True to his word he and his team came back armed with paint rollers and brushes and got to work. It looks great," she added.

The team also were able to help Robert Browning Primary School in Walworth, who are currently carrying out major building work.

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Simon Hughes, local MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said: “It was really good that Liberal Democrat colleagues from parliament and party headquarters, as well as our local office, were able to come and make a real difference at Robert Browning School and the offices of Victim Support at the Elephant and Castle.

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“Robert Browning are doing major work to improve their school buildings and facilities, and we were able to make a little contribution. I personally suggested to Victim Support that their offices could do with brightening up, and I hope they will be very pleased with the results. Over 70 people came to help out, which was great to see.”

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