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Education Secretary calls teachers' strike 'totally unnecessary'

Loughborough MP and Education secretary Nicky Morgan has told Good Morning Britain that she believes today's teachers' strike is "totally unnecessary".

Thousands of children and parents across the Midlands are set to be affected by the latest round of walk-outs.

Ms Morgan also backed Michael Gove as a candidate for the Conservative Party leadership, saying the next Prime Minister needed to be someone who supported leaving the European Union.

NUT acting leader Kevin Courtney said the strike action was being resorted to as school budgets were not keeping pace with rising costs.

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