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Barrow parents reject school bribe

Issue No. 2091

Anti-academy schools campaigners are set to mount a challenge to over 30 sitting New Labour and Tory councillors in Barrow.

Over 180 people crammed into a meeting to protest at plans to close three local schools and replace them with a city academy.

Socialist People’s Party councillor Jim Hamezeian denounced the plan as “blackmail”, pointing out the council promised £30 million to build an academy, but no money to repair existing schools.

The meeting then agreed to stand candidates in the May elections.

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Tue 4 Mar 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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