Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has branded money free schools 'a waste of public' money.
Speaking on the Sky News Murnaghan programme, he said:
– Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary
Some of the free schools opening are fully subscribed, they will be brilliant, successful schools and I wish them well.
A number of local authorities have recognised the only way to get money from this Government for a new school is to have a free school.
You've innovative teachers and headteachers opening free schools - I applaud all of that.
But the problem we have got is the Government puts all of its eggs in the basket of free schools, so when they fail it is a waste of public money.
The programme is not being tailored to those parts of the country that most need additional school places.