Access to Education: South-East Northumberland

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck 2:30, 21 February 2024

I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. As he suggests, it is basically the semi-rural and rural villages—small villages—that have had children travelling to certain schools as feeder schools for years and years, indeed decades and decades, and choice is now being taken away from parents. That is a massive issue—basically, it is the crux of this debate we are having here today.