Saturday 6 July 2019 12:56 AM UTC
LONDON July 6: Labour MP Jess Phillips left her 10-year-old son to do his homework on the steps of 10 Downing Street in protest over school funding cuts.
Phillips, who is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said the demonstration was necessary as “schools just cannot cope anymore.”
She said she wanted to highlight the government’s responsibility for the country’s children, as schools are forced to close early on Fridays amid drastic funding cuts.
Her son, Danny, is currently at a primary school in Birmingham which has to close early due to financial constraints.
After dropping him off to get on with some homework, she said: “Education cuts mean that lots of children like my son Danny will not be able to go to school five days a week.
“It is Theresa May’s responsibility to look after our children. The Government has a responsibility to offer universal education five days a week and they are degrading that.”
The Birmingham Yardley MP had earlier led a short protest march from Parliament Square to the Downing Street gates where pupils, parents, teachers and Save Our Schools campaigners broke into a chant of “save our schools”, “five days a week” and “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts.”
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