ISLE of Wight Green Party spokesperson, Vix Lowthion, spoke in London recently alongside Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem MP Layla Moran, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and parents, councillors and union activists fighting the government’s school budget cuts.

More than 400 teachers and campaigners filled Westminster Central Hall to hear the view that the Conservative government must increase the education budget to provide the most basic of services for Special Education Needs children, sixth formers and headteachers.

Activists took to the lawn outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight the number of schools impacted by recent cuts across England.

In her role of national Green Party education spokesperson, Vix spoke as part of the rallying call to action across the country.

She said: “We haven’t been radicalised overnight. The story of government messing with our schools, our colleges, our nurseries has ramped up through the Conservative’s obsession with targets, data, testing and privatisation.

"This government’s legacy is a lost generation of SEND, disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. The government wants compliance, but we want to rebel.

“2019 is a year of change. A year of movements. A year of doing politics differently — and the people taking the power back.

"We have shown that Labour, Lib Dem, Greens and the wider public are united on this. We are Together For Education — and it is this unity which gives us strength.”

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