Pendle MP urges councillors to invest in Colne school

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: MP Andrew Stephenson MP Andrew Stephenson

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has urged Lancashire county councillors to give an East Lancashire school the investment it deserves.

The Tory backbencher has been pushing for improvements to Colne Park High School for some time.

He visited the school on December 5 to meet the chairman of governors and headteacher before writing to Lancashire County Council requesting that repairs at the school be prioritised.

Now county schools boss Matthew Tomlinson is to visit the school with fellow cabinet member Labour’s Pendle parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali.

Mr Stephenson said: “There is no need for county councillor Ali to visit the school. He’s a Nelson county councillor, with no education remit.

“The county council are delaying urgent repairs at this school in order to get a photo opportunity for Labour’s parliamentary candidate. It’s clear that they are playing politics with children’s education. They should just get on with the work, and bring what is one of the top secondary schools in our area up to scratch.”

Pendle East Tory county councillor Paul White said: “I went to Park High, so can vouch for the great education there, but I’m also now a school governor and the school needs investment.”

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4:43pm Wed 19 Feb 14

tonygreaves says...

Mr Azhar Ali's antics are getting out of hand. As a Labour County Councillor in Nelson he should stick to what he is responsible for instead of blustering around everywhere in Pendle and trying to make personal political capital as the Labour parliamentary candidate.

Tony Greaves
Mr Azhar Ali's antics are getting out of hand. As a Labour County Councillor in Nelson he should stick to what he is responsible for instead of blustering around everywhere in Pendle and trying to make personal political capital as the Labour parliamentary candidate. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
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7:28pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Of course you have never acted with self interest as a local politician have you Tony Greaves - did you detect a hint of sarcasm there?
Of course you have never acted with self interest as a local politician have you Tony Greaves - did you detect a hint of sarcasm there? Lord_Lucan
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4:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

katy121 says...

azhar ali needs to remember what area he is a county councillor for as he hasnt been seen since he got it a waste of space is that man all he is botherd about is getting his face in the nelson leader doing something mr stephenson has already done
azhar ali needs to remember what area he is a county councillor for as he hasnt been seen since he got it a waste of space is that man all he is botherd about is getting his face in the nelson leader doing something mr stephenson has already done katy121
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