- Party announces £75m funding for Manchester schools.
- John Leech: "This funding will ensure no school and no child in Manchester loses out."
The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £75m more in schools and colleges in Manchester over the next parliament.
The news has been warmly welcomed by the former Liberal Democrat MP John Leech, who said Labour have done nothing to push back against the cuts to Manchester.
The Manchester Withington MP of ten years and 2017 candidate said: "We have a serious lack of school places in south Manchester; children are being taught in overcrowded classes, schools are being closed and teachers are being overworked - but no one is listening.
"The Conservative government is cutting funding whilst Manchester's Labour council prioritises vanity projects, instead choosing to close specialist support schools such as the much loved, and now greatly missed, Ewing School, right here in Manchester.
"Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammar schools."
The funding pledged by the Liberal Democrats for Manchester would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.
£7.4m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.
Mr Leech added: "This extra £75m of funding will ensure no school and no child in Manchester loses out.
"I will fight to reverse the crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child in this city has the opportunity to succeed."
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.
"Only John Leech and the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Manchester.
"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."