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Open Letter from Paul Ray to Michael Fabricant

July 12, 2017 11:36 AM
By Paul Ray

Dear Michael

In last week's Mercury there were two items where you made various claims.

Have you and the Conservative Party not learned anything from June's general election? Please listen and be straight with us.

1. School Funding

You have claimed that there will be no funding cuts for our local schools - and no per pupil funding cuts.

Before the election Lichfield and Burntwood schools were facing cuts of 6% - 18%.

Your statement looks good on the face of it but it's all smoke and mirrors. Only this week your government has announced that it will not increase teachers' pay above 1% each year. That is not fair on teachers or sustainable for our schools.

So you are not funding schools adequately.

2. Brexit

The focus has to be on the economy and jobs above all. Michael, you need to read to warning signs: prices are increasing, foreign investment is reducing, year on year GDP growth is slowing...People are getting very concerned.

And look back to how the UK was before we joined the EU and remember how low our standard of living was. We have become a much more wealthy and successful nation over the last 40 years....while we have been in the EU. (I add that we now need to make sure we become a fairer and more equal country.)

You seem emotionally obsessed about Brussels controlling the UK. It does not - laws setting our income tax, NHS spending, schools' budgets and curriculum, housing policy ....are all set here in the UK.

Any deal we agree with the EU must ensure a close relationship where we can continue to trade freely with our largest export market.......and the EU is the largest market in the world.

Michael, please observe what is happening out there in the real world because your approach is seriously damaging our economy.

Paul Ray

Lichfield Liberal Democrats