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Reigniting the anti-academy campaign in Brent

by Nick Grant
Issue No. 2041

When Brent's Liberal Democrats and Tories came to form a coalition administration after last year's local elections one of their first acts was to throw out Labour's plan for a new school as a City Academy in Wembley.

The Liberals have now reneged on this with support of the minority Labour group. So over 200 people turned up last Wednesday in an impressive show of solidarity to restart a campaign.

Speakers included Tony Benn, NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott, Ken Muller from Islington Green school NUT, and Mary Turner, a GMB officer and Labour NEC member, together with London officers of the Unison union and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

The Liberal Democrats were conspicuous by their absence, as Ken was able to point out in describing their role in power in Islington council.

They have party policy against city academies but refuse to fight the blackmail from Whitehall that claims there is no other way to fund new schools.

The meeting was unanimous that private business control is not right for public education. The campaign will now fight the council plan through a series of direct action and propaganda activities.

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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