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Part of Prime Minister – in the House of Commons on 8th January 2020.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Yes, indeed I will. I pay tribute, by the way, to my right hon. Friend Nick Gibb—where is he?—who campaigned for so long for synthetic phonics, which has done such a huge amount to help kids to read in this country. This is the only country in the G7 where the reading performance of disadvantaged pupils has actually improved since 2009. We need to do more, and as my hon. Friend says, that is why we are investing more now—record sums—in education.