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Parents have called for childcare to be provided when schools are forced to shut on election days. Hundreds of schools across London became polling stations for last week’s local elections, meaning children had to stay at home. In Tower Hamlets, 43 school buildings were turned into polling stations, in Croydon there were 33, and in Kensington and Chelsea there were 18. Seven nurseries in Hackney were shut, seven schools in Kingston, and in Camden four schools closed. In Ealing, 19 primaries were shut and one secondary partly-closed...

and in Merton 16 schools were used as polling stations, 11 of which shut. The Merton schools got £40 compensation. CLICK HERE to read the full story on the Evening Standard news website.

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