BALLY Singh, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Kenilworth and Southam, has pledged to protect the fully comprehensive status of Kenilworth School.
Mr Singh said there were local concerns that Kenilworth School would be forced to open a satellite free school or form a multi academy trust incorporating nearby primary schools, in order to attract Tory government market-type incentives which the party had built into their education system.
Mr Singh said: “We are using the core principle of the NHS, by ensuring education will be free at the point of use with no hidden charges. Under a Labour government Schools will have the money they need to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. This commitment will protect the fully comprehensive status of Kenilworth School, which has served the children of the town so well.
“The Labour Party has promised to invest an extra £6 billion a year into our schools. This will be paid for by reversing cuts to Corporation Tax which have so far failed to benefit most ordinary people in Britain.”
“Fairness lies at the heart of our Labour policies. Whilst the Tories are promising to bring back cruel sports such as fox hunting, Labour is planning to transform Britain so that it works for everyone – not just a few.
“Under the Tories, schools in Warwickshire will lose £31 million of funding by 2020. This means a reduction of £572 per pupil for Kenilworth School. This must be stopped now in order to protect its comprehensive excellence.”
He added the Institute of Fiscal Studies had calculated that raising corporation tax to 26 per cent – which would return the headline rate to its 2011 level – could raise at least £19bn a year.