MP vows to keep fighting rebuild cause

The Calder Valley MP has vowed to continue to lobby the Government about a funding snub for two schools.

Craig Whittaker, who recently staged a rooftop protest, has met with Prime Minister David Cameron, secured an inquiry, an adjournment debate and asked important questions in Parliament since the “disappointing” funding announcement for Calder High School and Todmorden High School.

The schools, which have problems including mould, leaking ceilings and damp walls, recently missed out on the much-needed rebuild funding in the £2 billion Priority Schools Building Programme 2 (PSBP2).

Mr Whittaker said: “I was bitterly disappointed that neither Todmorden High nor Calder High were allocated funding under PSBP2 and I have continued to lobby the Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Education and those civil servants involved with the process over the last few weeks.”

So far, Mr Whittaker has managed to secure a one off inquiry by the Education Select Committee into the PSBP2 which will be held on March 18 and an adjournment debate on March 9.

Mr Whittaker addressed Parliament during a debate in the House of Commons on March 2 asking for a ranking of the property data survey programme of participant schools but was refused by the Minister for Schools David Laws.

He added: “The previous Secretary of State has said that Calder High School was one of the worst he had seen in England. Similarly, when the Prime Minister came to Todmorden, he pledged money for the rebuilding of Todmorden High School.

“Will the Minister pledge to do as was initially intended and make transparent the priority listings of all schools surveyed under the property data survey programme so that we can see how robust they are?”

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been critical of Mr Whittaker over the issue.