Voters in May’s back garden lukewarm
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.
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