Burnley MP backs education boost motion

Lancashire Telegraph: Gordon Birtwistle Gordon Birtwistle

BURNLEY Liberal Democrat Gordon Birtwistle is one 104 MPs to call on the Government to boost further education so Britain can compete in the global knowledge economy.

He has signed a Commons motion reading: “We are concerned the UK invests 1.4 per cent of gross domestic product in higher education, compared with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 1.7 per cent.

“We believe access to high quality tertiary education provides enhanced life chances for individuals, significant benefits for society and is essential for the UK’s long-term economic sustainability. We call on the Government to recognise these benefits and commit the UK to funding tertiary education at a level that can close the international competitive gap in investment with other countries and enable the UK to compete on an equal footing.”

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3:57pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Timefor says...

Aah, so, he's surfaced and is now representing his constituents rather than patting heads and having his patted. Pity he hasn't offered an explanation as to why he was apparently marked absent from Parliament and therefore not able to vote to support an investigation into the causes of the rising use of foodbanks. I could go on about his other absences but will stop here in the hope that he has turned the corner and now realises that he is in Parliament to represent the good people of Burnley.

ps the vote into the reasons for the rise in foodbank use was lost so guess the lib-cons still have their wriggle room
Aah, so, he's surfaced and is now representing his constituents rather than patting heads and having his patted. Pity he hasn't offered an explanation as to why he was apparently marked absent from Parliament and therefore not able to vote to support an investigation into the causes of the rising use of foodbanks. I could go on about his other absences but will stop here in the hope that he has turned the corner and now realises that he is in Parliament to represent the good people of Burnley. ps the vote into the reasons for the rise in foodbank use was lost so guess the lib-cons still have their wriggle room Timefor

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