Charlotte Leslie MP supports right of clubs to teach swimming
7 May 2014
Last year Charlotte helped clubs in Bristol when the city council was trying to shut down the clubs’ ability to teach children to swim.
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‘The council said that only their leisure services provider, SLM, could deliver learn-to-swim, despite the fact that some of the city’s clubs ran very successful and much-loved lessons. It was absurd. Their attitude towards the clubs was appalling. We had talks with the local ASA, the clubs and the council and it was with much pride that I was able to help the clubs, and the council finally backed down.'
'I was amazed at what I saw as the bullying attitude of some council officers towards these little clubs and it made me so angry. I held a debate on this in the House of Commons and took the opportunity to right a wrong in a tiny way. I can’t stand that kind of bullying.'
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