Britain 'facing national crisis' over primary places

Tristram Hunt says the budget claims indicate an "act of ideological vandalism".
Tristram Hunt says the budget claims indicate an "act of ideological vandalism". Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says the government is presiding over a "national crisis in primary school places".

The statement follows claims the Department for Education siphoned money earmarked for school expansions to pay for a shortfall in the budget for free schools.

“Gove's decision to transfer this funding away from areas in need of new primary places into the Free School programme is an act of ideological vandalism,” Mr Hunt said.

The shadow minister and historian also claimed that the Liberal Democrats - who reportedly leaked the claims - are "as much to blame" for the "failings" of the free school project as the Conservatives.

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