Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    New government figures reveal that for Hertfordshire ? New Labour has meant bigger classes. Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has obtained figures showing that the ratio of pupils to teachers in maintained secondary schools has worsened every year since Labour came to power. By contrast the pupil:teacher ratio on balance improved over the Conservative years.

    Peter Lilley said: “the figures released by the government as a result of my persistent questioning reveal a totally different picture from what government spin doctors have been painting. Far from improving, the number of pupils for every teacher in our secondary schools has worsened every year since Labour came to power ? from 15.7 in 1996 to 16.7 in 2001. Tony Blair said his top three priorities were education but he has given us ?bigger classes, bigger classes, bigger classes?!

    Robert Gordon, County Council Executive Member for Education will be addressing a meeting at 10.00am at Harpenden Conservative Club, Vaughan Road on education in Hertfordshire on Saturday 19th January. He said ahead of the meeting:

    “Despite all Labour?s spin they have failed to provide the resources to get class sizes down in our secondary schools. The County has spent more on education than the resources provided or recommended by the Government ? had we not done so class sizes would have risen even more.?