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“The Tories want to impose bigger cuts to Manchester, Gorton’s schools than any constituency outside London. I won’t stand for it” - Afzal Khan MEP

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary, today joined Labour’s candidate for the Manchester, Gorton by-election, Afzal Khan MEP, at Stanley Grove Primary Academy.

Afzal and Angela joined the children in their holiday club, before speaking with parents and teachers about the impact of the Government’s proposed Schools Funding Formula.

Manchester, Gorton would receive the largest proportional cuts to its schools in any constituency outside London. Every single school in the constituency will have their budget cut losing a total of £2,399,000, or £148 per pupil per year.

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Following the visit, Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education secretary, said:

“Reckless Tory cuts to school funding are risking the life chances of a generation of children. As budget cuts bite, head teachers are facing impossible choices, like making teachers redundant, sacking support staff, or cutting the curriculum.

“While the principle of a fairer funding formula is right, the government’s proposed new formula is not fair and it is not funded. Visiting schools like Stanley Grove Primary Academy highlights just how worried school staff are about how close to the cliff-edge the government has taken our schools.

“Manchester is facing worse school cuts than any other city in the country and Afzal is right to fight these proposals for Manchester, Gorton. I look forward to working with him as a Labour MP, to make sure our schools do not go toppling over the edge.”

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Afzal Khan MEP, Labour’s candidate for the Manchester, Gorton by-election, added:

“The Tories want to impose the biggest cut to Manchester, Gorton’s schools of any constituency in the country, outside London. I won’t stand for it, and neither will the parents and teachers Angela and I met at Stanley Grove today.

“Stanley Grove faces a cut of over half a million pounds in the next two year; the equivalent of eighteen teachers.

“I left school at 16 with no qualifications, and returned to education as an adult, because I felt I’d missed out. It was education that enabled me to do the jobs I’ve done since such as being a local police officer, and serving my community as an MEP.

“The idea of the young people of Manchester, Gorton having their opportunities cut due to this Tory government not funding their schools properly, is not something I’m prepared to stand by and watch happen.”

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