Primary school places

The Lib Dem Council Leader has written to Michael Gove about the shortage of primary school places in Bristol, asking for additional capital funding. (Rather late in doing so, one might think, given that there’s a predicted shortfall of 3,000 places by 2014 and I’m already seeing a significant increase in the number of parents approaching me, who are desperate to find a school place for their child. I have applied for a debate in parliament on the topic, but that won’t be till after the party conference season. There are many questions to be asked, not least about why the Council and Government see it as a priority to fund a free school in Bristol – the biggest in the country – rather than put money into primary schools.

Here’s a copy of the letter to Michael Gove. Interesting to note that the cc list includes the Lib Dem and Tory MPs, but not me or Dawn Primarolo. The council leader obviously had second thoughts, because both Dawn and I were emailed a copy yesterday.

Gove Rt Hon Michael MP Primary Places 070911

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  • thebristolblogger  On September 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Any idea why the “Primary Places Overview Briefing for Lord Hill” is confidential?

    Surely sharing this information widely is more likely to lead to a solution?

  • Quietzaple  On September 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Ah! The finesse of joined up Tory Localism!

    Big vote winner!

  • Dave  On September 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I wonder who’s ridiculous immigration policies caused the need for so many of these places?

    Any ideas Kerry?

    • kerrymccarthy  On September 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Do you not understand the difference between asylum and immigration Dave? Are you saying we should withdraw from the Geneva Convention?

  • Dave  On September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Oh yeah every single person who came to this country in the last 13 years putting such enormous pressure on our resources is an asylum seeking fleeing persecution and none of them are economic migrants whatsoever.

    And none of it at all was political motivated by a party wanting to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”.

  • kerrymccarthy  On September 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Somali community in Bristol are mostly refugees/ asylum seekers. Other new arrivals are economic migrants from within the EU. Neither of which fit your paranoid ‘rubbing noses in diversity’ world view.

  • Dave  On October 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    The rubbing noses in diversity isn’t so much my view but that of a Labour party employee.

    I don’t disagree with him but my main view is that you just promote uncontrolled immigration so you can stay in power. Anyway, the level of immigration under Labour has been a disaster for this country whatever your actual motivation was, with even more dire consequences to come as illustrated by this blog post.

    Anyway it’s nice to see a few labour MPs starting the process of coming clean about immigration recently, although even they still don’t’ quite get it yet.

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