Labour MP Jess Phillips vows to leave her SON with Theresa May as she joins protests against schools closing early to save money
Labour MP Jess Phillips vowed to leave her son in Downing Street today as she joined protests against schools closing early to save money.
Ms Phillips said Theresa May should be ‘looking after the children of this country’ – claiming they should be educated for five full days a week.
The Birmingham Yardley MP has been campaigning for a boost to schools funding for months, after her son’s school said it might have to close early on Fridays to save money.
Unions have claimed a lack of money from the government has been causing mounting problems across the country.
Jess Phillips said Theresa May should be ‘looking after the children of this country’ – claiming they should be educated for five full days a week
However, the Department for Education insists schools funding is actually above the national average in Birmingham – and headteachers can be ‘flexible’ about hours as long as they are ‘sensible’.
Interviewed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain ahead of a protest in Westminster today, Ms Phillip said the government had overseen a ‘total degradation of funding’ and schools ‘cannot cope any more’.
‘They have done everything they can and now we have got 250 schools across the country and possibly more where kids cannot go to school for five days a week,’ she said.
‘The government has a fundamental responsbility to have children in school for five days a week.’
She added: ‘I am going to leave my son in the care of Theresa May… and show that it is her responsibility to be looking after the children of this country five days a week and educating them for five days a week.’
Mrs May is not in Downing Street today, as she is in Poland for a summit.
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: ‘The funding for an average primary class of 28 in Birmingham is £125,000 – above the national average of £115,000 for an equivalent sized class.
‘These amounts are to cover a full five-day week in term time.’
Mrs May (pictured giving a speech in Scotland last night) is not in Downing Street today, as she is in Poland for a summit