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Labour and Co-operative candidate Sarah McCarthy-Fry, former MP for Portsmouth North between 2005 and 2010, served as Schools Minister responsible for Special Educational Needs.
She has lived on the Island for the past nine years and is standing in Lake South where the incumbent Tory councillor is Paul Brading who is responsible for children’s services and education on the Island
McCarthy: Parents shouldn’t have to fight for the right provision
“Both the Tory Government and this Tory Council have badly let down our Island children with Special Needs. Parents shouldn’t have to fight for the right provision for their children.
“A Labour-led council will listen to parents, put their children’s needs at the heart of decision-making and increase both the funding and quality of Special Needs Education.”
Quigley: Tories have talked the talk, but not walked the walk
Island Labour Chair, Richard Quigley, added,
“We are very pleased that Sarah has stepped back into politics, her experience and passion for education is second to none. As parents of children with special educational needs will know, provision on the Island is very hit and miss. Our aim is to increase the funding and quality of provision.
“The Tories have talked the talk, but not walked the walk on education. It was the previous Conservative administration that were responsible for the implementation of the two tier school system, getting rid of middle schools.
“They had to be forced to do the right thing over school meal vouchers during school holidays and we are still in the position of not having enough room on buses for all pupils to get to school. They promised that by now 25% of schools would have an excellent Ofsted rating. They haven’t.
“Our hard working teachers and school staff are already at breaking point.
“Another four years of a Conservative council will see a further decline in support for schools”