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Labour MP in class war on pupil numbers

Undated handout photo of Nottingham North MP Graham Allen as David Cameron is facing calls for an urgent rethink of government legislation aimed at preventing future lobbying scandals. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The chairman of the Commons committee which has been examining the Lobbying Bill has warned the plans lack credibility, dismissing them as a

Undated handout photo of Nottingham North MP Graham Allen as David Cameron is facing calls for an urgent rethink of government legislation aimed at preventing future lobbying scandals. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The chairman of the Commons committee which has been examining the Lobbying Bill has warned the plans lack credibility, dismissing them as a "dog's breakfast". Labour MP Graham Allen, who heads the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, said the bill would not open up the �2 billion lobbying industry to effective scrutiny. See PA story POLITICS Lobbying. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Bulwell MP Graham Allen MP this week voted in Parliament in a bid to reduce class sizes for infants.

The MP said: “Reducing the number of infants in each class was one of the best achievements of the previous government.

“Then in 2012, David Cameron’s government relaxed the rules on infant class sizes.

“It was easy to sell this as deregulation and cutting red tape.

“As a result the number of infants taught in large classes of over-30 has spiralled.

“On current trends, another five years of these priorities in planning for school places could lead to babies born this year being the one in four infants who are taught in class sizes of over 30 by 2020.”

According to Mr Allen, in Nottingham, the number of primary school pupils in classes over 30 has increased by 400 per cent since the changes.

 

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