7 May 2019 – today’s press releases

Rise in school exclusions is the symptom of broken schools system

Responding to today’s publication of Edward Timpson’s report into school exclusions, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said:

Exclusion, whether temporary or permanent, should always be a last resort. And it should never be done under the radar.

But this report does nothing to address the reasons why headteachers consider excluding the pupils they find difficult. Off-rolling pupils is not the cause of our problems. It’s the symptom. The result of the perverse incentive to secure a better Ofsted grade or climb up the league tables.

This problem can’t be dealt with in isolation. Liberal Democrats demand better for our schools. We need a culture shift in our school system – that starts with replacing Ofsted, abolishing SATs and reforming league tables.

No child should be left behind because they’d be a bad statistic.

Membership surge for pro-remain party ahead of Euro elections

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed over two thousand people joined the party in the days after the party’s best ever gains of Councillors in local elections.

Alongside securing a national equivalent vote share of 19% – the best since 2010 – Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said the surge in members was a clear sign the Liberal Democrats are “the strongest party for remain going into the European Elections.”

Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake:

With these astonishing local election results, it is fantastic news that over two thousand people have flocked to the Liberal Democrat banner in aid of our campaign to stop Brexit.

This surge in membership shows that more and more people have had enough of the national embarrassment Brexit has become. They deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better.

The Liberal Democrats, with over 100,000 members and nearly three thousand Councillors across the country, are clearly the strongest party for remain going into the European Elections. Every Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit.

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4 Comments

  • Slightly off topic but a really good graphic with press quotes on Mark Pack’s website highlighting that Labour is the party of continuing Brexit at

    https://www.markpack.org.uk/158576/lib-dem-membership-growth-tops-2000-since-local-elections/

    Remember if people know that Labour is the party of continuing Brexit and not for a confirmatory referendum, we go up to second in the Euros and Labour fall 7%.

    I would urge people to re-tweet it etc.

    May be LDV could do an article so that it gets wider notice than in a comment.

  • david webberley 8th May '19 - 9:06am

    I hope the real “Membership Surge” release didn’t have (at least) the two typos I spotted; “Aaclear sign” and “100,00 members” – the latter to anyone used to seeing continental numbers and pricing would read this as 100 members and nearly 3000 councillors!

  • Peter Hirst 8th May '19 - 10:51am

    I always though education was a profession, not a business. How can excluding a pupil help that pupil? It deprives of them of social contacts and characterises them as unworthy of an education. Excluded pupils deserve an independent monitoring body with sanctions.

  • I wonder if Layla has ever had a totally disruptive pupil in her physics class who runs riot, stopping all the others from learning — I wonder. There must be a point with some children where rtegrettably (after any amount of special treatment or punishment) they simply have to be set aside from the mainstream for the sake of the others. That of course displaces the problem and means that we may need to look at new ways of how to deal with such pupils. But talk of SATs etc, is really rather beside the point, I’m afraid.

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