Prime Minister Pledges More Money for Education

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has pledged more money for education and has said in a statement that extra financing will be made available for primary and secondary education at the next Spending Round.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“When I became Prime Minister at the start of the summer, I promised to make sure every child receives a superb education – regardless of which school they attend, or where they grew up.

Today I can announce the first step in delivering on that pledge – funding per pupil in primary and secondary schools will increase, and be levelled up across the entire country.

We should not accept the idea that there can be “winners or losers” when it comes to our children’s futures. That’s why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase.

My government will ensure all young people get the best possible start in life. That means the right funding, but also giving schools the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying so pupils continue to learn effectively.”

Angela Rayner, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said in a statement:

“This comes nowhere close to meeting the Prime Minister’s pledge to reverse the Tories’ education cuts, let alone matching Labour’s plans to invest in a National Education Service. Instead, it is yet another con trick by a politician who shown time and again that you just can’t trust his promises.

With the Chancellor only committing to a one-year Spending Round schools are being told to wait years for desperately needed funding, and the truth is that the government’s figures would prove an absolute fantasy after the damage done by a disastrous no-deal Brexit.

Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are struggling to access the help they need, and yet today the Education Secretary hasn’t even offered enough to cover half of the funding shortfall and not for another year.

Today’s announcement completely ignores the impact of cuts on vital services like nursery schools and Sure Start centres or adult learning and training, and school buildings will continue to crumble as cuts to capital funding continue.

Teachers and parents know that it is only a Labour government that can be trusted to invest in an education system that gives every child the best start in life.”

Politicians From Across Political Parties Condemn Attack on Jacob Rees-Mogg

Politicians from across the political parties have condemned individuals who attempted to attack Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset, during a meeting at the University of West England. The individuals broke into a private meeting but Rees-Mogg attempted to engage with them before the situation deteriorated.

Rees-Mogg said:

“They shouted at me, but they weren’t going to hit me. They didn’t want to talk about politics, they just wanted to stop the event. I’m of the sticks-and-stones school of thought. I wanted to stop anyone being hit because the whole thing would have degenerated. I didn’t think anyone was going to hit me so I felt quite safe intervening. I spoke afterwards; I was there for ages”.

Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for the Rhondda, said:

“I nearly always disagree with Jacob Rees-Mogg, but politics must be based on respect. Violence has no place”.

Angela Rayner, the Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said on Twitter:

“My politics are not those of @Jacob_Rees_Mogg however l utterly condemn the behaviour of those tonight who tried to attack him whilst he was due to speak at an event he was invited to. It’s extremely intimidating for any MP who travels alone to an event to be treated like this”.

Conor Burns, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said on Twitter:

“Free speech is the corner stone of a free society. That and exchange of ideas should thrive on any University campus. What was done to @Jacob_Rees_Mogg today by masked moronic hoodlums was an attempt to silence free speech and should be condemned by all in politics”.

Prime Minister Condemns Comments Made by Toby Young

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has joined in the criticism of comments made by Toby Young but confirmed he will keep his role as a board member of the Office for Students.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show the Prime Minister said:

“Toby Young has done exceedingly good work in relation to free schools. And that’s what led to him being appointed to the office for students. When he was appointed I was not aware of these comments that he had made. Frankly I’m not at all impressed by those comments. He’s now in public office
and as far as I’m concerned if he was to continue to use that sort
of language and talk in that sort of way he would no longer be in
public office”.

Two Labour politicians called for Young to be sacked, with Dawn Butler and Angela Rayner saying:

“The virulence of Mr Young’s misogyny is disturbing; furthermore, he has offered no apology for his remarks”.

Labour Announce that Student Fees Would be Scrapped Immediately

The Labour Party has confirmed that student fees would be scrapped immediately so that those entering university this year wouldn’t have to pay the tuition charges. The party also confirmed that students already part-way through their courses wouldn’t have to pay for any future years.

Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary, said in a statement:

“You’ve got young people, regardless of their wealth, that are leaving university after working hard, they’ve finally got their degrees, they’re going into their job for the first time, junior doctors etcetera, and they’re saddled with debt for years and years”.

Nick Clegg, the former Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister, said:

“Let’s be very clear what this is for – it is to relieve graduates in the future of the need to make any contribution to their university education while, and here is the odd choice, not reversing a lot of the very punitive and aggressive benefit cuts which will affect some of the poorest in the country. If the choice is between the poorest and some of the richest graduates of the future, I would choose helping the poorest”.

Government pledges an additional £2.4 billion for schools

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, has announced a £2.4 billion funding boost for the education system. The money will primarily be used to help fund additional school places and to improve the condition of existing school buildings.

Greening said in a statement:

“Our Plan for Britain is to build a fairer society, with a good school place available for every child.

This £2.4 billion investment, together with our proposals to create more good school places, will help ensure every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential”.]

Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary, was criticial of the funding arrangement and said:

“The secretary of state’s so-called fair funding formula is neither fair nor funded, and she needs to look again at the impact that it will have on the most disadvantaged areas in our country before moving forward with it”.