Sunday 28 July 2019 / 1:17 PM Angela Rayner / Education

Swinson can’t airbrush Lib Dem record from history – Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Jo Swinson’s comments on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme about education funding under the coalition government she was a member of, said:

“Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats spent five years propping up a Tory-led government that slashed education funding, axed support for the poorest teenagers, cut FE funding year after year, tripled university fees, took thousands from teachers’ and staff pay, and cut the adult skills budget by a quarter.

“She can’t airbrush that record from history, and she is simply wrong to imply that they put more money in.

“Labour opposed these cuts and, in government, we will invest in our schools, our children and teachers, and transform our education system so it works for the many, not just a privileged few.”