NUT campaign endorsed by politicians

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The Calderdale branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for local politicians to endorse its Stand Up for Education manifesto.

The manifesto outlines a number of principles and priorities including having only qualified teachers, tackling the school places crisis and making teaching a more attractive profession.

Leaders from the Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties responded to the manifesto.

Members of the Labour party - Linda Riordan MP for Halifax, Josh Fenton-Glynn, parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, and Tim Swift, leader of the Labour group on Calderdale Council - all offered their support for the campaign.

Mrs Riordan said: “It is vital that as we build the best possible education system in the 21st century that the values and vision outlined in the manifesto are endorsed.

“We need to fight for an educational future that benefits all children, that values teachers, that listens to parents and that doesn’t make a profit out of the learning environment.”

Endorsements also came from Calder Valley parliamentary candidates Jenny Shepherd of the Green Party and Alisdair MacGregor of the Liberal Democrats.

Members of the Conservative party - Craig Whittaker MP for the Calder Valley, Philip Allott, parliamentary candidate for Halifax, and council leader Stephen Baines - did not respond to the manifesto.