James with Ed Milliband
James with Ed Milliband

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband was in Bury this week to launch Labour’s local election campaign with a message on school cuts, which will hit the borough hard.

Ed joined Bury North MP James Frith and local councillors and party activists to kick off the final seven weeks of the election campaign and talk about the importance of Labour representation in stopping cuts to our schools.

As revealed in the Bury Times last week, Bury’s schools are set to have £6.6 million cut from their budgets by 2020. A survey of local schools carried out by James Frith MP showed that many are already making cuts to teaching staff and resources to cope with the cuts.

Speaking at the launch event at Guardian Angels Parish Centre, James Frith said:

“In 2015, Ed Miliband warned of the impact a Tory government would have on our children and sadly we’re now seeing that warning realised. £6.6 million to be cut from local schools by 2020, ageing school buildings in desperate need of investment and a teacher recruitment and retention crisis. We need Labour councillors in every ward making sure we protect our local schools and services, helping me make the case to government that this austerity must end, and that is why it is so important to vote Labour in the local elections on 3rd May.”

Ed Miliband said:

“It was a pleasure to visit Bury North to launch the local election campaign and James’s campaign to stop school cuts. With £2.8 billion already cut from school budgets in England since 2015, it is vitally important that we elect more Labour councillors in May in Bury and elsewhere to work with Labour MPs like James to stop further cuts to schools which are damaging the education of our children.”

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