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Sunday 25th April - 11 days to polling day
25/04/2010 21:25:00

Up early to meet people outside the Polish church in South Norwood then spent most of the day door knocking in central Croydon and Park Hill before having some family time this evening.

Nationally, David Cameron and Michael Gove have been promoting our schools policy. We have excellent proposals to give teachers back the power to impose discipline in the classroom, to improve the quality of teachers recruitment and training and to deliver more robust examinations and a more rigorous curriculum but the most radical proposal is the one to allow charities and groups of teachers or parents to set up new state schools.

Our comprehensive system is meant to ensure that all children get an equal education but that is a myth. The reality is that wealthy parents can move into the catchment areas of good school and poor parents are often forced to send their children to schools no-one wants to go to. There is often no pressure on these schools to improve - they fill their places even though no-one chooses to go there because there is no spare capacity in the system. Cameron and Gove are proposing to change that. If you are serious about tackling the gap between rich and poor in this country, raising standards of education in deprived areas is the key to doing it, not giving the less well-off more of other people's money and trapping them on benefits.

The Party has also produced this short video showing what happens every minute we have a Labour Government.

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