Sunday 14 April 2019 / 12:01 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Children are being held back because of the Tories’ ideological obsession with austerity – Angela Rayner responds to NEU survey

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the National Education Union’s survey showing increased concern about worsening levels of child poverty, said:

“The message from our teachers is clear: a generation of children are paying the price for Tory cuts.

“A hungry child cannot learn properly and it is a disgrace that in one of the richest countries in the world so many children are being held back because of the Tories’ ideological obsession with austerity.

“Our schools and teachers are being left to fend for themselves and deal with the consequences of these cuts, despite years of swingeing cuts to their own budgets under the Tories.

“A Labour government will tackle the scourge of child poverty, end Tory cuts to our schools and give all primary school pupils a free healthy meal every day”.