Daisy Cooper and the Liberal Democrats have pledged an emergency takeover of Govia Thameslink to end months of crisis and disruption for thousands of commuters.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Daisy Cooper is to lead a public meeting for parents to understand how the schools funding crisis, will affect their chid's education. The meeting follows an initiative by St Albans Headteachers, who have recently written to parents to say how concerned they are at the £3 billion shortfall in Education funding in real terms. following the introduction of the government's new funding formula.
Daisy Cooper said: "If the Conservative Government's proposals go through, they will cause serious problems for many of our schools over the next few years. Headteachers, who should be free to teach and inspire our children, will instead be forced to make difficult decisions to cut support services or the classes on offer, or increase class sizes. The severe reductions in funding per pupil will lead to fewer teachers managing growing class sizes."
Education professionals unions, the TUC and ATL estimate that unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will lose huge amounts in real terms cuts — rising to £3 billion a year in real terms by 2020. Worse still, under the Government’s new funding formula they estimate that 98% of schools could lose out.
Some examples of the impact of the cuts on schools in the St Albans constituency are: -
- - £509,386 Budget change by 2019
- -£689 Per pupil
- -13 Teachers
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- -£614,008 budget change by 2019
- -£666 per pupil
- -£16 teachers
- -£640,058 Budget change by 2019
- -£669 Per pupil
- -17 Teachers
Figures taken from: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/schools
Daisy Cooper, who was announced this week as the Liberal Democrats spokesperson for Young People on their General Election Campaign Team will be joined by: Alan Gray, Chair of Hertfordshire Schools Forum and Headteacher, Sandringham School, and Jo Yurky, co-Founder, Fair Funding for All Schools, a national parent-led campaign.
The event will take place on Monday 5th June, 7-9pm, St Paul's Church Hall, Blandford Road, AL1 4JP
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Daisy is the Parliamentary Candidate for St Albans. Tim Farron has recently announced that Daisy will act be the Lib Dem spokesperson for young people.
She lives in the heart of the City and is campaigning against a hard BREXIT, for improved local NHS services and for more affordable and reliable trains. Daisy is also actively supporting the "Save the St Albans Pubs" campaign.
Daisy is currently the Joint Executive Director of Hacked Off. Set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, Hacked Off campaigns with victims of press abuse and intrusion for a free and accountable press.
Previously Daisy worked in Commonwealth affairs for 10 years - campaigning for improved LGBT+ rights abroad and against human rights violations in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Daisy campaigned for the UK to stay in the EU during the recent EU referendum and was appointed in October 2016 as the Party's National Candidate Diversity Champion.
Daisy is a high-profile candidate within the Lib Dems having come second in the 2014 race to become Party President, and having stood for Parliament before. She is known in the party for being a driving force behind the adoption of "One Member One Vote" and was part of the team that designed measures to improve the diversity of the party's Councillors and future MPs.
The Lib Dem battle-bus rolled into St Albans last Saturday, with party leader Tim Farron coming to celebrate the increase in the Lib Dem vote share.
Liberal Democrats topped the poll in last Thursdays county council election with an increased number of votes, as well as gaining St Albans North from Labour, giving a strong boost ahead of next month’s general election.
Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament, was out campaigning with General Election candidate Daisy Cooper and other Liberal Democrat activists ahead of a speech to Liberal Democrat members and pro-European activists.
Claims by Govia and Network Rail bosses that they are working very hard to improve services have been slammed by Liberal Democrats as a product of "living in la la land".
Liberal Democrats have asked for an urgent explanation for the staggeringly high ambulance waiting times at Watford General - which are, by a long way, the worst across six counties.
Liberal Democrat County Health spokesperson Chris White said: 'Figures show that more than 1000 working hours were lost while ambulances queued at this hospital - in contrast to just 200 at Luton and Dunstable, itself bad enough.
'Watford General was the worst in the entire region (which includes the six counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk). In total around one eighth of the delays were at Watford.
'The 1000 hours mean patients waiting in ambulances and not getting treatment. The situation is clearly critical and we need to hear from both the hospital and the ambulance trust why this is happening and what they are doing about it.'
Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate campaigning to become the next MP for St Albans, added:
‘St Albans district patients need urgent answers from Watford General's hospital management as to whether staff shortages, additional patient pressures, or Conservative cuts - such as the recently scrapped £8.5 million grant for home care - or something else are to blame for these staggeringly high ambulance waiting times.
‘Front-line NHS staff do an amazing job under difficult circumstances but and may need additional support to help bring these waiting times down. We need to know that there is a plan.’