The manager of a mental health charity which closed its doors and a police officer being forced to retire at 52 joined Labour Party leader Ed Miliband at the Birmingham launch of the party’s local election campaign.
Mr Miliband was joined by deputy leader Harriet Harman, her husband, Erdington MP Jack Dromey, and a host of party faithful for the launch event at Perry Common Junior School in Kingstanding on Thursday.
The school’s linked Brambles Children’s Centre faces an uncertain future as staff try to implement cuts.
He took questions from an invited audience which included health service workers, community activists, trade unionists and charities.
And the theme for the day was cuts as the idea that the Government is cutting “too hard and too fast” was repeated.
Camille Ade-John, of the Cope Black Mental Health Foundation in Handsworth, which has seen its funding cut, said: “I have had to tell staff not to come back. It is a travesty. If these services are removed we are going to have a city at war with itself.”
Detective Constable Tim Kennedy of West Midlands Police, who at 52 is among an army of officers being forced to retire, said: “Today is my last day, after 36 years in frontline policing I am being compulsory retired along with 270 of my colleagues under the A19 scheme.”