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Good afternoon! CHEERING Welcome, our next MP, Thelma.

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Thelma, teacher, experienced campaigner, standing up for

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education and housing. She is the kind of person you want as your MP,

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she is the kind of person that will represent you in Parliament and make

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sure that the sustainability and plans designed to reduce A all

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around the country are suspended when John Ashworth becomes the

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Health Secretary. Give us a chance to look again at all of these to

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make sure there are good quality A departments within reach of

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everybody. That is the whole point behind our strategy. Today, we

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launched our manifesto in Bradford. That manifesto sets out a very clear

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path for this country. Either we can continue going down the road of low

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investment, greater inequality, greater poverty, more homeless

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people, more food banks, more debt, more young people underachieving,

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more schools where headteachers are told the solution to the problem is

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to collect from the parents to pay the teachers salary, or we could

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say, 95% of us will not be paying more in tax, VAT or National

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Insurance, but those with the broadest shoulders, those largest

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corporations will be asked to pay a little more. APPLAUSE

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So that we can establish and ensure a fairness of investment for

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manufacturing and service industries all over the country. They properly

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invested transport infrastructure for all parts of Britain, not just

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London and the South East. CHEERING Your rail lines need upgrading just

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like rail lines all over the country as well. That is why we are going to

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set up a national investment bank, so there is a fairness in the

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distribution of those farms all over the country. -- so there is a

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fairness in the distribution of those funds all over the country.

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Looking at all of the other issues we face, fundamentally our unfair

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society. We are just covering a couple of subjects. In education, I

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am utterly fed up with the way in which school funding formula is so

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unfair. It tends to be, the poorest schools with the poorest children,

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achieve less because they received the least. It is wrong. And so we

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will change that. Making sure there is proper funding. And I want all

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our children to be properly fed because a child coming into school

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hungry finds it hard to concentrate. A child coming into school hungry

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finding it hard to concentrate is less likely to succeed in primary

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school. Leaving primary school without all the skills they should

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be equipped with, less likely to do well in secondary school, less

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likely to do A-levels or any other qualification, less likely to get to

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college or university. That means a poor child growing up in poverty

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does not get to be the teacher, the engineer, the doctor, the lawyer, or

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to achieve what they want in their lives. Two people lose because of

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that, one is that child who hasn't achieved what they wanted in life,

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their ambitions, the other people who lose all of us because that

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bright child didn't get to be the doctor, the lawyer or whatever else

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they wanted to be. They underachieved in life. So I am

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utterly determined that we will find our schools properly, we will pay

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our teachers properly and not force them to leave under stress levels

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that are unbearable. And we will make sure children are properly fed

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and primary schools are giving every child a good lunch every day. And,

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I'm sure you agree with me and that we all share this, learning is about

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English, it is about maths, science, geography and history, all

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absolutely crucial and important subjects. But it is also about

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unlocking the creativity and imagination that is the air in all

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of us. -- that is there in all of us. It is about being part of a

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wider community, the great African saying is, it takes a village to

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bring up a child, it takes a child to educate a village. That is the

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philosophy that will be behind it and I am very proud of what we are

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doing. We are also going to introduce a pupil premium so every

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child in every school can learn a musical instrument. CHEERING

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And before some incredible expert writes for one of our broadsheet

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papers, tells me this is all unnecessary and excessive and

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nonsense, I simply say this, you do well at music, you do well at music,

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you do well at maths, you do well at music. Science and arts are not that

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far apart. But we also have other challenges. Students going on in the

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university, those who want to be nurses, held back because the

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Government has cancelled the nurse bursary. I was talking to a group of

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nurses in Bristol last week and they had decided to go into nursing, they

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had done other jobs in their lives and they wanted to go into nursing.

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Absolutely brilliant because they are bringing that life experience

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into nursing. But they told me they could only do it because they had

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got the nurse bursary to help them through the training. The Tories

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cancelled, the force there will be a shortage of nurses. A Labour

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Government on June ninth will bring it back.

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As well as being in Parliament, I have been a long enough to remember

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when going to university was a choice, not something you approach

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with trepidation because you wondered what will happen in the

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future. We have gone through it all very carefully and we are utterly

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determined to get rid of student fees so everyone can go to

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university. CHEERING So, these things are all very

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important. What is also important is the way in which we approach the

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other issues that are facing so many. I am constantly angry and

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shocked at the number of people I meet in all our towns and cities who

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are sleeping rough, who are homeless. Those that have suffered

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all kind of problems in their lives end up sleeping rough. What is it

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with modern Britain? What is it with modern Tory Britain that somehow or

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other, we just condone it? We just accept it as one of those things? It

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is not, it hasn't always been like that. So, we will have a housing

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strategy that does support the homeless, that does make sure

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everyone... CHEERING But in many ways, those farmers are

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a symptom of the problem, a symptom of a country that has not developed

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enough secure lifetime tenancy Council housing, that has not

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ensured that those who want to buy get a chance because the deposits

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are too high or their income to low and those who are living in a

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private renting sector in some parts of the country paid far too much and

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in all parts of the country are living in an insecure way in an

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insecure place, so next week in Birmingham we will be launching our

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comprehensive housing strategy that supports the homeless, to give them

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somewhere to live, to build the council housing we need, we want a

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million new homes in five years, half of which will be council

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housing, and we want to regulate the private renting sector and ensure

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those that want to buy are able to get that start.

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CHEERING Because I do not measure the success

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of a housing policy by the number of big-time investors that can buy

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luxury homes in London and the south-east and keep them empty while

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the prices rise and sell them on without them ever being used. There

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is something offensive about places being kept empty while there are

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people who are homeless. It will be different. It will be a very, very

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different philosophy. And it is also the world in which we live. We are

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faced, our generation, we are faced with the issues of climate change.

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We are faced with the issues of environmental destruction and

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sustainability. I have a very strong view on all of this. I want to bring

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the Government that develops an energy policy where 60% of our power

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is generated from renewable sources. CHEERING

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I want to be the Government that does pay respect to the natural

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world, our ecosystems and does play its part in understanding and

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supporting global emission agreements and doing everything we

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can to protect this planet on which we all live. And so, you will find a

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Government that is serious about environmental policies and politics

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and serious about sustainability. Because we need to leave this planet

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in a better state for our children and grandchildren...

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CHEERING And all of this is not romantic

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optimism. What it is is serious about people's lives, serious about

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our communities and serious about how we invest in our economy and

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that is why I started by a short contribution today. But really it is

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about what we do to convince people between now and June the 8th how

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they are going to vote and what choice they are going to make. Since

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this campaign started, we are going on 41 events all around the country

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and the numbers of people coming are enormous and if you look around

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yourselves at this crowd here today, we are young, we are old, we are

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black, we fight, we are women, we are men, we are every part of our

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community. -- we are black, we are white. Get that message across,

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communities doing things together. Some things you can legislate for.

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You can legislate to improve health, improve education, you can spend

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money to improve housing. You can invest to improve our economy and

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get better rights at work. You can do many of those things. What we can

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also do is understand the crisis people go through. I'm very proud of

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the section of our manifesto on mental health and Brian who spoke

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this morning in Bradford at our launch about his own problems and

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his own life and what he was trying to do about it, and what he was

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trying to do to help others. Just as much as those people that are living

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in difficult lives with mental health, waiting months to get

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support, they need help and we need a mental Health Service that works

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for them. CHEERING

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We also need to recognise that those that rely on pensions, if you are of

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an older age, need the security of a triple lock. We will guarantee the

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triple lock for all pensioners. Which is something the Conservatives

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are incapable of doing. And we also recognise the way in which the Busby

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women have been so short-changed by this Government and will indeed

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deliver for them. Because I am determined at the end of the period

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of a Labour Government, this will be a society not riven by injustice,

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inequality, necessary poverty and under of so many of our people but

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will instead be stronger communities, stronger public

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services and a more efficient economy that works for role, with a

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real living wage for all of ?10 an hour.

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CHEERING None of this... None of this will be

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achieved if you are not registered to vote and don't vote. None of this

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will be achieved if we don't ensure that we gain constituencies we don't

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hold at the moment. This place is historic beyond belief in political

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terms. The political battles through Carn Valley go back hundred years or

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more. I have read the history of it but I don't have time to give it to

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you now. But in the steps of those that went before, for victory, for

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justice, social justice, decent housing, decent health and a decent

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and fair society, I invite you all to get behind Delmar, work with her,

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knock on those doors... CHEERING

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Thelma! Thelma! Thelma! So on June nine, we will know the good news

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that this area once again returns to the local polls are Labour MP, who

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will deliver the things we are determined to do. The manifesto

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hasn't made it from the bus to my hands but Thelma has one. Seamless.

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There you are. For the many, not the few. That's our slogan, that's our

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watchword, that's our message, that's our inspiration. Go through

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it! Thank you very much. CHEERING

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And the provision by the Academy. I want people to aspire to come to a

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