Labour votes due to strain on education funding

Improving education was a key priority in the 1997 general election which swept the Labour Party to victory. Tony Blair’s “Education, Education, Education” mantra, coined in 1996,  made education a critical area of policy and highlighted the deficit in school and college funding.  Over the next ten years, the Labour Party made good on its promise to prioritise education with core pupil funding increased 5% year on year in real terms. From 2010 until 2015, despite the education budget being notionally protected from cuts in a time of austerity, headline spending still fell by over 14%, causing rumbles of...

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