Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 12:40 pm on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 12:40 pm, 11th September 2018

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Whether people agree or disagree with Mr Skinner, he is respected across the House. I invite the Chancellor to apologise for the personal remarks he made.

Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Labour, Bolsover

Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. The only thing I would say to the Chancellor is why doesn’t he answer the question? It is pretty clear that he knows the Tory county council has played a blinder by throwing people out of work. That tells you a lot about this economy.

Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I wanted to clarify and correct the record in relation to something I said yesterday. The House will have heard me ask the Education Secretary about Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield, an outstanding local authority school that was forced into being an academy. I said yesterday that it now required improvement and that the governing body was being replaced. I have subsequently been told that I misinformed the House: the school has actually been rated as inadequate, with serious failings. So I wanted to make the House aware, at the earliest possible opportunity, that things are even worse under the Tories’ education policy.