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CONSERVATIVE MPS URGE MINISTERS TO END SPENDING LIMITS

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Ministers are under growing pressure from Conservative MPs to scrap the limit imposed on local authority spending a...
Ministers are under growing pressure from Conservative MPs to scrap the limit imposed on local authority spending as the education cuts row escalates, the Times Higher Education Supplement reports (front page).

The move has support from all sections of the party. Conservative MPs across the country have been bombarded with protests against the projected cuts of £700m with campaigners threatening to focus on constituency associations with the aim of getting MPs deselected, the paper writes.

The call to scrap the 'cap', which was introduced 11 years ago, is being led by Jim Pawsey, chairman of the Conservative backbench education committee.

According to the TES, the latest moves represent a climdown for the government which has pledged to rein in local authority spending.
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