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The number of infants being taught in classes of more than 30 children has soared under the Tory Government. Across the South East region 7,730 more infants are being taught in large classes between 2010-2014 (an increase of 155%).

 

Ed Miliband today set out Labour’s plan for an education which equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future which includes a cap on class sizes for every 5, 6 and 7 year olds.

Peter Kyle, Labour’s candidate for MP in Hove and Portslade said: 
“Parents will be shocked that the number of infants being taught in large classes in Brighton and Hove has increased by 150% under this Tory Government.

“I have never doubted that every student, from every background, has the potential to succeed. Labour’s commitments put quality teaching back at the heart of our education system shows that we are the party with real ambition when it comes to the schools that our communities depend upon."

Number of Infants Taught in Large Class Sizes Up 155% Under Tories in the South East

The number of infants being taught in classes of more than 30 children has soared under the Tory Government. Across the South East region 7,730 more infants are being taught...

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Sarah Owen, Labour's parliamentary candidate in Hastings and Rye, is writing to the fishing minister, and will continue to work with Maria Eagle and Labour’s DEFRA team, to secure a fairer deal for our fishermen.

The under 10m fishing fleets won a court order for a fairer share of the quotas but they are still waiting for the coalition government to put the new quotas in place.

Earlier this month Defra announced new fishing quotas but this will not help the smaller fleets to get the share they deserve.

Sarah said, “Our smaller fishing fleets are not only vital to the local economy in Hastings and Rye, but are also vastly more sustainable and better for the environment than the big fishing organisations.

“These increases in fishing quotas from the EU will mean nothing to them if this Government doesn’t hand over a fairer share of the total quota to our smaller under 10 metre fishing fleets.

“The under 10m fishing fleets won the court order for this to happen, but sadly the coalition government haven’t acted on it. “


ENDS

Notes: DEFRA announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-secures-fair-fisheries-deal-in-europe

Sarah Owen Campaigns For Fairer Fish Quotas

Sarah Owen, Labour's parliamentary candidate in Hastings and Rye, is writing to the fishing minister, and will continue to work with Maria Eagle and Labour’s DEFRA team, to secure a...

Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher MP visited Milton Keynes in December to launch Labour’s new bus campaign – called ‘Passenger Power’ - about putting communities and passengers in control of local bus services.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Transport joined Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, to meet Citizens MK and MK Bus Users Group on Thursday afternoon at MK Central Station to discuss the charter.

Milton Keynes was chosen as one of the cities to launch the new campaign in due to the local work of Citizens MK and the MK Bus Users Group to develop a Bus Passengers Charter.

The charter seeks to bring together MK Council, bus operators and passenger representatives to set out minimum standards for services, including on passenger information, comfort and quality of services.

Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “Public transport is so important for many people in Milton Keynes. This was a great opportunity to invite Michael to meet with Citizens MK and the Bus Users Group to hear about their work developing a passenger’s charter.   

"Despite some developments, like on the electric bus trials, we have too little power to influence and shape bus services in the city. Labour will help get the balance right so that passengers have a real say over bus routes and services.”
 
New government figures have revealed that local bus routes in the South East are being slashed on this Government's watch, leaving people stranded.  The new figures show that compared to 2011, there were 1 million less miles of local bus services in the South East last year.    

The latest figures show that Arriva has a 72.5 per cent share of the bus market in Milton Keynes, with Z&S International providing 9 per cent and Red Rose 7.8 per cent of services.

In 2013/14 2.2 million journeys were made in Milton Keynes by elderly and disabled passengers using concessionary fares.

Labour is setting out a new plan to give local communities greater control over bus routes and services building on the work of the MK Bus Passenger Charter.

The next Labour Government will legislate to give greater control over local bus services to cities and county regions.  Through the ability to determine routes, set fares and integrate bus services with other forms of public transport, local areas will be able to provide better services at one clearly understood price.   

Michael Dugher, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said: "Local bus services are the lifelines of our communities. The bus market is clearly broken and the way local services are provided is not fit for purpose.  

"Labour will stand up for passengers by changing the way things work to hand all English regions London-style powers over local bus services. This will ensure communities get the local bus services they need."

Shadow Transport Secretary Visits Milton Keynes to Launch Bus Campaign

Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher MP visited Milton Keynes in December to launch Labour’s new bus campaign – called ‘Passenger Power’ - about putting communities and passengers in control of...

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