The Education Committee’s inquiry into school and college funding was launched this week, to examine the current situation and consider whether a longer-term vision needs to be taken for education funding in England.
If you would like to follow the inquiry, or make a written submission to the Committee, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2K07cs9
I have written to the Schools’ Minister about the systematic under-funding of education and of local authorities by central government. We need to invest in quality learning environments that will stimulate children’s imaginations. https://goo.gl/xcN9Hs
I asked Sir Michael Barber whether the board of the Office for Students could be truly outstanding without a representative from the National Union of Students (NUS).
I also raised concerns about the alleged discrimination against NUS applicants for the student experience representative on the board, after none of the 133 applicants for the role were appointed, despite some being deemed as ‘appointable’.
Along with many of my constituents, I am shocked and appalled by the further use of live fire by Israeli forces, on protesters along the Gaza-Israel border, killing at least 9 people and injuring many more.
These protests mark the beginning of a six-week demonstration against the displacement of Palestinians from the territory, who have suffered countless abuses of their rights over the last several decades. In addition to rights violations, many have had to live in extremely poor conditions and have had limited access to healthcare due to crippling fuel shortages and travel restrictions preventing those seeking medical assistance from accessing it.
The actions taken by Israeli forces against the protesters are immoral and unacceptable, and should be met with complete condemnation from the international community.
In the Westminster Hall Debate on ‘Recruitment and retention of GPs’, I highlighted that some residents are being referred to hospital for procedures such as blood tests due to staffing shortages in GP surgeries.
This is just one of the many warning signs that the Government needs to heed regarding the pressures on General Practice.