News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Conservatives save local schools

Cllr John Simmonds, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education, has blocked plans to merge Morehall and Harcourt Primaries and close Selsted Primary. The decision is a victory for local parents, who had fought against the plans and the possible disruption to their childrens' learning.

The decision confirms the unanimous recommendation of the Schools Advisory Board that Harcourt and Morehall should not be merged and overturns the recommendation of the same board to close Selsted. Both proposals had drawn a scathing response from our local Conservative MP, Michael Howard.

Interestingly, despite "campaigning" to keep the schools open, the only Lib Dem on the committee voted to close Selsted!

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