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US NewsJess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest

20:15  05 july  2019
20:15  05 july  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Jess Phillips has 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

Labour MP Jess Phillips has left her 10 - year - old son on the steps of 10 Downing Street as part of a demonstration against funding cuts that have forced schools to close early. Ms Phillips said the brief symbolic demonstration was taken because “ schools just cannot cope anymore” and to reflect the

Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest © Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Danny, the son of Labour MP Jess Phillips, on the steps of Downing Street after he was left there by his mother as a symbol of protest over schools being forced to close early on Fridays from September because of funding cuts

Jess Phillips has 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.

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Jess Phillips MP left her 10 - year - old son Danny on the step of 10 Downing Street as part of a protest against schools being forced to close early. Hundreds of parents, teachers and children are protesting in London over the number of schools being forced to close early due to 'funding cuts'.

Labour MP Jess Phillips left her son on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street today in a symbolic protest over school funding cuts. Mrs Phillips delivered on a pledge she had made earlier in the day as she dropped her son , Danny, in front of the famous black door as part of a demonstration against

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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MP Jess Phillips will leave her 10 - year - old son on the steps of No 10 this Friday afternoon in protest over cuts to schools funding that have Ms Phillips , Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, will join hundreds of parents from across the country in a march on Downing Street over cuts that

Labour MP Jess Phillips will leave her son at 10 Downing Street on Friday as part of a demonstration against funding cuts that have forced schools to adopt a The Labour MP , whose 10 - year - old son is at one of the schools in Birmingham that is having to close early amid tight budgets, will lead the

Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest © Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Labour MP Jess Phillips with her son Danny (left), join other school children outside Downing Street during a protest over schools being forced to close early on Fridays from September because of funding cuts

Children, parents and teachers from Birmingham, Stockport, Leicester, Sussex, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire were among the protesters.

Phillips's son Danny said: "Why are we one of the richest countries in the world and yet we cannot afford to have children in school?"

Campaigners say more than 250 schools across the country are now either part-time or going part-time because of funding cuts - and they warn many more schools will have to follow suit.

Save Our Schools campaigners suggest that funding cuts are already damaging children's education, with many schools cutting back on the number of teachers, support staff and teaching assistants.

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This article is more than 1 year old . The Labour MP Jess Phillips has demanded that Theresa May and the education secretary, Damian Hinds, explain why her son ’s primary school is to close early on Fridays in order to In fact I think I’ll leave him on the steps of @ 10 DowningStreet”, Phillips tweeted.

Jess Phillips , the Labour MP , left her son on the steps of Downing Street on 5 July in a protest over schools being forced to close early on Fridays. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA.

Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest © Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Labour MP Jess Phillips with her son Danny (right), talks to a police officer outside Downing Street during a protest over schools being forced to close early on Fridays from September because of funding cuts

It also means that working parents have to arrange additional childcare and school staff, they add.

Phillips added: "I am not just a policymaker, I am also a parent. The reality is this is affecting people across the country. It is affecting members of the House of Commons.

"It must be bad if government policy and austerity has got so bad that it is acting detrimental towards some of the most privileged people in society.

"The single most important thing for most parents is that their children prosper."

Alison Ali, of Brighton, came to the protest with her 10-year-old twin daughters Leone and Suzie - plus their friend Isla Norton, also 10, of Hastings.

Isla said she felt "cross and angry" about what was happening and that someone like the Prime Minister "could give more money to the schools so the children can get the right education".

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The Labour MP Jess Phillips has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to transport thousands of children to Westminster to deposit The action will form part of a day of protests against the cuts, which hit home for Phillips last week when she found out the school attended by her

The protesters marched from Parliament Square to Downing Street , where Labour MP Jess Phillips left her son outside Theresa May’s residence as part of a protest against cuts Ms Phillips , whose 10 - year - old is at one of the schools in Birmingham that is having to close early amid tight budgets

Ali said: "I think this (protest) is going to say that parents are just not prepared to take it anymore. We are fed up with the hypocrisy.

"If you are going to fine parents for taking their child out of school for one day, then do not implement funding cuts that mean are children are going to be losing 20 days a year in education."

Kay Tart of Hitchin in Herts - who is a district councillor and school governor, came to the protest with her children Harry, nine, Esme, seven, and Thea, five.

She said: "If we don't fund our education system properly then the next generation of politicians, doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists are going to suffer.

"It is our economy, our future and our children's future that is at stake. Just act now - it is quite simple."

A Department for Education spokesman said: "The funding for an average primary class of 28 in Birmingham is £125,000 - above the national average of £115,000 for an equivalent sized class.

"These amounts are to cover a full five-day week in term time."

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Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest
Jess Phillips MP leaves her 10-year-old son on the steps of Downing Street in schools protest

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