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Tory plans to slash education would have dire consequences for Wales

The Conservatives' failure to rule out cutting the English education budget means that Wales would lose out under their plans, Jenny Willott MP has said.

David Cameron is due to make a speech on education this week, but his party has refused to rule out cutting the education budget.

Due to the way Wales’ funding is calculated, through the Barnett Formula, Conservative plans to slash the budgets of schools, nurseries and colleges in England would have severe repercussions for the Welsh budget.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party who will protect spending on education from cradle to college in England, therefore protecting budgets in Wales.

Labour, like the Conservatives, have also refused to protect education budgets.

Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

“The Tories' plans to slash funding for schools, nurseries and colleges in England in the next parliament would have dire consequences for Wales.

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party who have said we’re committed to protecting cradle to college spending because we believe that best way to build a stronger economy and fairer society is to give every child the best possible start in life.

“The Tories want to run schools for profit and bring back grammar schools: that is their priority. It’s all very well David Cameron talking a good game on education, but we all know that without the Liberal Democrats holding him back in coalition, he would have cut school spending.”

Listen to Jenny Willott's reaction below.

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