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MUD STARTS FLYING FOR ELECTIONS

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Labour has accused Conservative councils of deliberately cutting education budgets to undermine the government's pl...
Labour has accused Conservative councils of deliberately cutting education budgets to undermine the government's plans for schools.

As the major parties entered the final days of campaigning for next week's local elections, local government minister Hilary Armstrong claimed the Tories were looking to cause 'chaos' in local education.

She claimed Conservatives in Croydon and Brent LBCs would cut education spending by£6 million and£10m if returned to power.

Ms Armstrong said similar tactics had been adopted in a dozen other councils and Tory controlled Essex CC had already cut eduction spending to£3m below the standard spending level.

The Tories were due to hit back yesterday, promising new figures on council tax levels under Labour councils.

There is concern that the referendum on a Greater London Authority and elected mayor, also on Thursday, could be undermined by a low turnout - fuelled by the impression that a yes vote is a foregone conclusion.

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