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Bridget Phillipson, the shadow schooling secretary, insisted that the closure of Alton School, a personal faculty in Hampshire, was the results of a “longstanding issue” somewhat than Labour’s deliberate VAT raid on the unbiased sector.

She informed Sky News: “Just to be clear in terms of this specific example, the school themselves noted that they’d had falling rolls over many years and they’d not been able to turn that round. So I’m sorry that that’s been the case but this has been a longstanding issue that the individual school has been facing.

“Beyond that, if you look at the work the Institute for Fiscal Studies did, the well-respected independent organisation, they concluded that Labour’s policy would raise £1.3bn to £1.5bn net, and we would invest that directly into state schools.

“We would make sure we’ve got 6,500 more teachers. We know at the moment there’s real pressure and too many children are being taught by non-specialists because of a failure to recruit and retain brilliant teachers… My priority if I were education secretary in a Labour government would be to deliver improved investment directly into our state schools, because that is where the vast majority of our children go to school.”

She additionally confirmed there can be no rises in revenue tax or National Insurance if it wins the final election

“We think it’s incredibly important that we give stability to the economy and that’s why our focus will also be on growing the economy so that we have more to invest in our public services too.”