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Liberal Democrats in Great Grimsby are calling on the local Conservatives to disown their plans to abolish universal free school meals for infant-aged children or to justify it. The Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to news that the Conservative manifesto announced that the Conservatives will axe universal free school meals that were introduced by Liberal Democrats when they […]

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The Liberal Democrats will launch their manifesto for a brighter future today. Change Britain’s Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy. Nothing is more important to our children’s future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with […]

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The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets. I’m delighted to announce today that the Lib Dems will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next Parliament. This funding would reverse cuts to school and college budgets, protect per-pupil funding in real terms, and ensure that every school gets […]

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British public want more foreign students

by Steve Beasant on 13 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students after learning how much they contribute to the UK economy. Theresa May has […]

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John Pugh MP writes: Campaigning for your local school

by Steve Beasant on 18 March, 2017

The following article was written by the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Education Spokesperson, John Pugh and published yesterday on the Lib Dem Voice Website. Its Spring and much is stirring as people look cheerfully ahead at prospects new. Every well informed individual in the schools sector though looks ahead with scarcely disguised pessimism. There is one […]

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CASH-strapped local councils are flogging two school playing fields a month to plug the gap in social care funding, it was claimed. Lib Dem Leader Farron hit out: “Councils are selling off the family silver, our school playing fields, to plug their funding gaps and pay for social care.” “The flame of inspiration sparked by […]

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In the first day back of 2017 the House of Lords have defeated the Government (248-221) over an amendment to the Higher Education Bill which sets out the role and purpose of universities in our society. Following the government defeat, Sue Garden, Liberal Democrat Higher Education Spokesperson in the Lords, said: “The Higher Education Bill […]

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Lord Storey, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson in the House of Lords, has forced the Government to back down from calling a vote to defend their recent changes to the school census. Lord Storey tabled a regret motion against the changes, introduced this year, which will require parents or teachers to submit information on whether children […]

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Commenting on changes to the schools’ census that require schools to ask for the nationality and the country of birth of pupils, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: “It is disgusting that the Department of Education is asking for schools to send out questionnaires asking for children’s place of birth. It is unnecessary, divisive and […]

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Kirsty Williams speech to Liberal Democrat Conference

by Steve Beasant on 18 September, 2016

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams will launch an attack on grammar schools in a speech to Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon, insisting they will not be introduced under her watch in Wales. She also announced plans to double the early years pupil premium. Full text of Kirsty Williams‘ speech below: *check against delivery* […]

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