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LIB DEM MP RETURNS BABY BOND TO CHANCELLOR IN PROTEST AT CLASS SIZES

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Liberal Democrat shadow school minister Greg Mulholland announced today he has returned his baby daughter Isabel's ...
Liberal Democrat shadow school minister Greg Mulholland announced today he has returned his baby daughter Isabel's Child Trust Fund cheque for£250 to the Chancellor Gordon Brown, as a protest against large class sizes in his Leeds North West constituency.

Mr Mulholland said: 'The Child Trust Fund is a gimmick, giving people the idea the government is investing in their children, when in actual fact this scheme is tying up vast amounts of taxpayers' money.

'I want to see the money spent on early years and primary education. The huge costs involved could be used to recruit 21,000 more teachers, would cut infant class sizes from the present maximum of 30 to an average of 20.

'My wife, who is a primary school teacher, has taught several classes of 30 or more children. She tells me that there is nothing that would assist teachers more than reducing class sizes.

'Cutting the number of pupils she and other teachers have to teach would ensure more individual attention for pupils' educational and social development, and allow any special educational needs to be adequately addressed.

'It is time this scheme was scrapped and Gordon Brown started putting investment where it will have the maximum impact and where it would make the most positive difference to people's lives.'

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