On Monday 6th February I questioned the Education Minister on the Government’s plans to cut funding for nine schools in some of the most deprived parts of Leicester West.
It is completely wrong to cut funding for pupils who need help the most. That’s why I have written to the Education Secretary Justine Greening demanding she reverse the cuts and protect funding for schools in Leicester West.
My latest article for the Leicester Mercury is about why I will be fighting Government plans to cut funding for 20 schools in Leicester. You can read it here.
I was honoured to attend the grand opening of Forest Lodge Community Primary School. The school was the only one in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to obtain funding under the priority schools building programme. Now after several years of upheaval the pupils have a state of the art facility with 210 more places for pupils of all ages.
I am so proud of all the staff and pupils who have worked hard to make this possible. It was a real tribute to their efforts that Claudio Ranieri – and Filbert Fox!– attended the opening. It is also great news that Leicester City FC Community Trust is partnering with the school to run its Premier League Primary Stars programme, to develop skills and ambitions for boys and girls both on and off the sports field.
On Wednesday 25th January I was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to Leicester’s Narborough Road.
During his visit to Westcotes Library, Prince Charles met with local traders, representatives from our churches, Jalaram Mandir and Guru Nanak Gurdwara, and parents from the Toddler Time playgroup. Afterwards he went for a walkabout speaking to local businesses and residents.
I am very proud to be the MP for Leicester West and that my office is on the Narborough Road – Britain’s most multicultural street. Together, we work hard to make this a great place to live and work and I will always do my best to champion local businesses and residents. You can read more about Prince Charles’s visit here.