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Labour’s Schools Boss visits Southwark schools

This week Neil Coyle took Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP to see a fantastic primary school in Rotherhithe and the site of a potential new secondary school for the north of the borough.


Southwark Fire Station on Southwark Bridge Road, left empty after cuts made by the Mayor of London, has been identified by Southwark Labour as an ideal location for a new school. Neil and Tristram were able to visit the site on Monday.

Neil Coyle said, “Having closed a vital local service after 135 years, the least Boris Johnson can do is to ensure the site of Southwark Fire Station is put to the best community use. Parents in this part of Southwark are crying out for a quality secondary school and, with all the new development in the area, demand will only increase. That’s why I am demanding the Mayor work with Southwark’s Labour Council to get this area the school it deserves.”

Earlier in the day, Neil Coyle had taken Mr Hunt to visit Redriff Primary School in Rotherhithe where he attended the school assembly and answered questions from Year 6 pupils on Labour’s education policy.

Tristram Hunt MP said, “I was pleased to meet Redriff’s inspirational head Mickey Kelly and hear about the innovative partnership between the school and Southwark’s Labour Council that will see an expansion of this popular school and a new school in nearby Bermondsey. The Year 6 pupils gave me a good grilling on what Labour plans to do if we win the election in May – I look forward to coming back and seeing the progress they have made.”

Neil Coyle added, “Southwark Labour will continue to find ways to increase school places in the borough, against the backdrop of a school places crisis caused by the Conservative and Lib Dem government.”

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