Thursday, 12 March 2015

Politics: School repair issue raised in Parliament

Craig Whittaker, Conservative MP for the Calder Valley, demanded answers in Parliament over why Todmorden High and Calder High School had missed out on Government funding intended for buildings in the worst condition.

Mr Whittaker questioned the property surveys the Department for Education (DfE) had used to decide which bids received Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) funding.

Last month he staged a roof-top protest at the school after it emerged that both Todmorden High and Calder High School were not going to receive PSBP funding.

Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour PPC for Calder Valley, said: “I’m afraid this is a case of too little too late from an MP who has let down the young people of Calder Valley. He voted to scrap the last Labour government’s Building Schools for the Future programme in the full knowledge that Todmorden High and Calder High had made bids that could have seen both schools rebuilt.

“It’s not just shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, it’s knocking the stable down, leaving it unattended for five years then complaining the horse has gone,” he added.

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