Steve Reed MP has demanded Government intervention after primary school children were told they could spend their entire primary education in temporary classrooms. Paxton Primary Academy opened in temporary accommodation on Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, with a promise it would move into a new permanent site on the London Road within a year. Work has still not started three years later, and now the school faces a full fourth year in temporary classrooms with further delays possible if action is not taken urgently.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Steve told the Schools Minister it was ‘unacceptable’ that children were being educated in ‘portakabins piled up in the back yard of a rugby club’ with hardly any play space. The problem has been caused by the Tory Government’s failure to properly manage their free schools programme. Parents are angry that the permanent school building they were promised has never been built.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb agreed to meet with Steve and parents to resolve the issue.
Steve Reed said:
“It’s shocking that a school can be left without a permanent building for four years. Parents are angry that promises made to them and their children have been broken. It’s clear that the Government is mismanaging their free schools programme. The Tories were wrong to sideline local communities and the local council – we need urgent action to give these children the permanent school building they need and deserve.”
Read and watch Steve’s speech in the debate following the Spring Budget. — We are here to consider the Budget that the Government have put forward for the country. I want to speak about its impact on my constituents. Like the rest of the country, Croydon is experiencing a social care crisis. Older and disabled […]
Steve Reed MP has called on the Prime Minister to launch an inquiry into institutional racism in the mental health services. Steve raised the case of Olaseni Lewis at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 1 March. Mr Lewis, known as Seni, was a 23 year old from Thornton Heath who died in 2010 after being […]
A number of constituents have contacted Steve about Brexit and the forthcoming vote in the House of Commons. You can read Steve’s response below. — “The Supreme Court has now determined that Parliament must be consulted before the Government can trigger Article 50 which will start two years of negotiations before the UK leaves the […]
Steve Reed MP’s speech in a Commons debate on the Autumn Statement and equality: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion) on securing this important debate, and I am pleased that she referred in her excellent contribution to maternity and paternity leave, because I would like to focus on the plight […]
Croydon North MP Steve Reed has demanded ministers scrap the planned rise in fares on Southern Rail. Speaking in Parliament, Steve said rail passengers from Croydon had ‘suffered enough after two years of rail chaos’ and urged the Government to rule out a fare rise in 2017. Rail Minister Paul Maynard refused to act, meaning despite […]
Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, has called on the Chancellor to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to reverse school funding cuts. New figures released by the National Union of Teachers show that school funding in Croydon North is expected to fall by £337 per pupil by 2020 – an average 7% budget cut per […]
The House of Commons has backed Steve’s Ten Minute Rule Motion, which will allow him to introduce his Maternity and Paternity Leave (Premature Birth) Bill. The Bill aims to extend maternal and paternal for parents of premature babies. Second Reading of the Bill, where MPs will debate the full proposals, will be on 16 December. The campaign […]
Steve Reed MP has tabled a change in the law which would extend maternity and paternity leave for parents of premature babies. The Maternity and Paternity Leave (Premature Birth) Bill will be introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday 26th October. Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the change, launched by Steve’s […]
Croydon North MP Steve Reed has been appointed Shadow Minister for Civil Society. He will take up the role in Tom Watson’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport team and will shadow Government Minister Rob Wilson MP. The role covers the voluntary sector, co-operatives and mutuals, and youth policies including the National Citizen Service. Steve said: […]
The Boundary Commission has published proposals to reshape parliamentary constituencies across the country. Croydon North will be affected and I’m keen to hear what local people think of the proposals. There will be a further public consultation before final proposals are agreed. The reason the Government has given for making changes is to reduce the […]