4 May 2019

Responding to Ruth Davidson’s spring conference speech, Labour Education spokesperson Iain Gray said:

“Ruth Davidson claims she doesn’t want anyone left behind. That is shameless soundbite from a politician who has backed the bedroom tax, the two child cap and subsequent rape clause, and stood by as austerity pushed millions into poverty and homelessness.

“Labour is committed to lifelong learning, but the most urgent reform our education system needs is more funding - we have over 3,000 fewer teachers under the SNP but Ruth Davidson won’t ask the richest to pay their fair share to deliver it.

“In fact,Ruth Davidson was silent on how she plans to pay for her plans.

“The elephant in the room for the Tories is our education system is harmed by soaring levels of child poverty - which is why she should have used today to oppose the two child cap on tax credits and universal credit. Instead she said nothing,staying silent on social security cuts for the poorest.

“Only Labour has a plan to provide the level of investment that our economy, people and public services are crying out for,with a £10 per hour real living wage and £70 billion of investment over a decade.”
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