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.