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Teachers urged to use their vote to prevent 'misery' for children and families


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Teachers attending the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers Union in Northern Ireland, have been urged to use their vote in the General Election to prevent further drastic cuts to the education service.

Teachers heard from NASUWT Deputy General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach who urged them to help ensure those elected as MPs from Northern Ireland are committed to ensuring there is not a Conservative-led government in Westminster.

He said the harsh reality of the Conservatives remaining in power was that it wanted the Stormont Government to do its bidding with astonishing levels of austerity, leading to massive cuts to welfare spending and widespread cuts to the public sector, including the education service.

Dr Roach told the Conference:

“We will be working hard to ensure that members and those who represent them stand up for the values we believe in.

“We will do this by asking you to remove from government those political parties in Westminster that are committed to denying Northern Ireland the resources it needs to deliver a better future for children and young people.”

He added: “With an election that is still too close to call, where the prospect of another coalition of some kind is high on the cards, we need to be sure that those elected as MPs in Northern Ireland are committed to ensuring that we do not have a Conservative-led government in Westminster.

“Put those standing for election in your constituency on the spot. Ask them where they stand. Press them on their priorities at this election.

“And make clear to them that parties that seek to flirt with Conservatives will only help deliver five more years of misery for children and families in Northern Ireland.”