We (Lib Dems) don’t need no education. Apparently.

by Stephen Tall on August 9, 2015

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Tim Farron has announced his seven campaigning priorities for the Lib Dems this Parliament. And one topic is notable by its absence:

Rural Communities and Vice Chair – Mark Williams MP
EU referendum – Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim Wallace (Deputy)
Mental Health – Norman Lamb MP
Immigration – Shas Sheehan
Civil Liberties – Alistair Carmichael MP
Green Economy – Baroness Susan Kramer
Housing – Tim Farron MP

Nothing wrong with any of the seven, of course. And I realise that any prioritised list will disappoint someone or other.

But, for me, education must always be at the heart of what liberalism is about and what a liberal party should campaign on. As I wrote last month:

A liberal party which doesn’t make education one of its top three priorities strikes me as a little odd (especially with schools facing a real challenge in the next five years with rising pupil numbers, reduced funding and a likely recruitment crisis).

I’m sad to see it relegated so far down our party’s campaigning priorities.

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[…] was, however, one notable omission in Tim Farron’s speech. It’s one I’ve highlighted before and will continue to nag on about: what does the party have to say about education? For years, the […]

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