Lib Dem education minister David Laws of our neighbouring constituency has revealed the Conservatives wanted to cut the schools budget on entering office in 2010.
However, the proposal was categorically rejected by the Liberal Democrats, and we would do exactly the same in 2015.
David said: “When we came into Coalition Government, tough decisions had to be taken because, as Liam Byrne famously told me: ‘there was no money left’. The Conservative assumption in 2010 was for a cash freeze in the schools budget - a whopping 10 per cent cut in real terms over the course of the Parliament."
Ros Kayes, our PPC, says: "This proves the real achievements of the Lib Dems in government. Protecting our education system and bringing in Pupil Premium is a real legacy."
The Lib Dems have published 'The Gove Files', a 13 page dossier demonstrating how the party has fought Michael Gove's ideological agenda inside the department. It shows how the Lib Dems:
- Blocked Gove's plan for schools to be run for profit
- Blocked Gove's plan for the return of O-Levels and a two-tier education system
- Ensured the Pupil Premium was properly funded and introduced free school meals for infants despite Gove's opposition
The Liberal Democrats ensured the schools’ budget was protected in real terms in this parliament but the Conservatives are refusing to rule out drastic cuts to education if they win a majority. This means the education budget could be slashed by a quarter by 2020.