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Ashworth is new leader of Tory MEPs

Richard Asworth was elected by his fellow Tory MEPs to lead the largest British delegation in the European Parliament. He replaces Martin Callanan, who stood down last month after becoming leader of the broader European Conservatives and Reformists group in the EP. Mr Ashworth has represented the South east of England since 2004.

Phillip Lee MP support for Holocaust Memorial Day

The town’s MP has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day tomorrow.Dr Phillip Lee signed the book ahead of the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp.In the weeks running up to Holocaust Memorial Day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons giving MPs the chance to remember those killed.Last year, Dr Lee joined a visit to Auschwitz in Poland with students from The Brakenhale School in Bracknell and Wellington College in Crowthorne.The trip was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project.Dr Lee said: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims of genocide.“I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against prejudice today.”

Have your say on the future of Youth Services

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on the youth service’s proposals to modernise.

The council has already completed its own survey of young people who live and/or go to school in the borough. More than 5,000 young people have taken part in surveys and 400 more have joined focus groups.

The youth service will be affected by the overall reduction in funds available for the council. The proposed modernisation programme will look at how the service can make best use of the resources available to provide services for young people.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children and young people, said: "Residents and young people who want to have their say on proposals to modernise the youth service are encouraged to take part in our online survey - which will be available for 12 weeks until March 16.

"We've already consulted with thousands of young people in the borough, but we want more of you to take part in the survey so we can make sure the modernisation for the youth service reflects the needs of our young people."