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MP drops son at No 10 in school protest.

LABOUR MP Jess Phillips has left her 10-year-old son on the steps of 10 Downing Street as part of a demonstration against funding cuts that have forced schools to close early.

Ms Phillips said the brief symbolic demonstration was taken because "schools just cannot cope any more" and to reflect the Government's responsibility to care for and educate the nation's children on a Friday afternoon.

Her son Danny is at a school in Birmingham that is having to close early amid tight budgets.

The Birmingham Yardley MP led a short protest march to the Downing Street gates, along with pupils, parents and teachers. Danny said: "Why are we one of the richest countries in the world and yet we cannot afford to have children in school?" Campaigners say more than 250 schools are now either part-time or going part-time due to cuts - and warn many more will have to follow suit.

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Danny, the son of Labour MP Jess Phillips, below with demonstrators, is left on the steps of Downing Street in protest over schools being forced to close early on Fridays JONATHAN BRADY

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 6, 2019
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