Sunday 14 April 2019 / 8:42 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Angela Rayner responds to news that less than one in six new school buildings have sprinklers

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the government’s admission in response to a written question by Stephanie Peacock MP that less than one in six new school buildings have sprinklers, said:

“A Labour government will invest in bringing all school buildings up to a good standard and put money aside to ensure schools are safe, removing dangerous asbestos and fitting sprinklers in new schools.

“We have long called for the government to close the loopholes that let developers get away with anything less than the highest standards. We have forced Ministers to back away from weakening the rules even further, but now they need to listen and ensure there is nothing short of the best possible level of safety in our schools.

“Our children should not be left to pay the price for Tory education cuts.”