Vot­ers in May’s back gar­den luke­warm

i Newspaper - - ELECTION 2017 - By Richard Vaughan EDUCATION COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Maiden­head might be Theresa May’s con­stituency, but there is at least one per­son who is con­sid­er­ing vot­ing Labour, “de­spite Jeremy Cor­byn” be­ing its leader.

Katy Yates (top right ),amoth­erof four, said she may go­ing against the blue tide in her home­town be­cause of a sin­gle is­sue – cuts to school bud­gets.

Her chil­dren’s lo­cal pri­mary school, Low­brook Academy, has aban­doned plans to pro­vide more class­rooms due to a £750,000 hole in its fi­nances, halv­ing the num­ber of places it can of­fer in Septem­ber.

“I have two chil­dren at the school, and two chil­dren that are due to go to the school, but we don’t know whether they will get in be­cause nine sib­lings have missed out on a place this year,” Ms Yates said.

Mrs May has pledged to pro­vide schools £4bn in fund­ing by scrap­ping free school meals for in­fants. But crit­ics have warned the money is un­likely to cover in­creased costs.

The Prime Min­is­ter has also promised more gram­mar schools should the Con­ser­va­tives re­turn to power.

But even this pro­posal, in the Prime Min­is­ter’s own back­yard, re­ceived a luke­warm re­cep­tion. Stand­ing in rain in Maiden­head’s high street, Bev Be­van (mid­dle right), a re­tired mid­wife and grand­mother, said she was op­posed to more gram­mar schools. in Peter­bor­ough United’s Lon­don Road sta­dium with his fa­ther, Shaz Nawaz, who is a party mem­ber.

And the boy drew laughs when he asked Mr Cor­byn quite sim­ply: “What does strong and sta­ble mean?”

A pur­dah cover-up?

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been ac­cused of a “cover-up” over a re­ported de­lay in the pub­li­ca­tion of NHS trust deficit fig­ures un­til af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion.

The data, show­ing the full scale of the deficit posted by trusts in Eng­land in the last fi­nan­cial year, “I had three chil­dren and two of them would have passed the 11-plus but one would have failed,” she said. “It would have put so much pres­sure on him, but now he is a char­tered ac­coun­tant.” Ms Be­van’s in­stinct was to vote Con­ser­va­tive, she said, but her other son, a doc­tor, has for­bid­den her.

Even the proudly Con­ser­va­tive Man­tel Lei­tha (bot­tom left ), a mother of two, also said she had doubts about more gram­mar schools. While her own chil­dren at­tend a gram­mar, she thinks se­lect­ing chil­dren at 11 is too early.

“I do think there should be equal education for all chil­dren,” Ms Lei­tha said. had been sched­uled to be pub­lished next Thurs­day.

But, ac­cord­ing to the BBC, the fig­ures will not be re­leased as sched­uled due to “pur­dah rules”, which ban the Gov­ern­ment from mak­ing any kind of an­nounce­ment about new ini­tia­tives or laws that could sway the out­come of the vote.

Mir­ror, mir­ror...

Paul Nut­tall can­celled a day of cam­paign­ing in Es­sex af­ter the party bat­tle bus had a wing mir­ror knocked off. The Ukip leader was set to join party ac­tivists for two cam­paign events in the county, where the party had its only MP elected in Clac­ton. But the party’s bat­tle bus was clipped by a lorry in a coach park overnight, tak­ing a wing mir­ror off and ground­ing the Ukip cam­paign for a day. Ac­tor Riz Ahmed has led calls for more black and eth­nic mi­nor­ity (BME) peo­ple to vote, as stark fig­ures re­veal that 1.4 mil­lion votes were wasted in the last elec­tion.

The Star Wars: Rogue One star de­cided to speak out ahead of the voter reg­is­tra­tion dead­line on Mon­day, star­ring in an online video, where he warned against “sit­ting on the side­lines” dur­ing the elec­tion.

Some 28 per cent of BME vot­ers are not reg­is­tered, yet there is a sig­nif­i­cant black and mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tion in some of the UK’s most mar­ginal seats, ac­cord­ing to Op­er­a­tion Black Vote, who have launched the Blacks Don’t Vote cam­paign.

The wasted votes

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