Matthew Taylor

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Damian Hinds – May’s opponents should consider ‘what the alternatives are’

As the nation prepared to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, and to pay its respects to those who have died as a result of war, politicians from both major parties sat down for their final TV interviews before the ceremonies began. The Education Secretary joined Andrew Marr, and the discussion turned to Transport Minister Jo Johnson, who resigned on Friday to call for a second referendum on Brexit. Hinds issued a word of caution to the government’s critics within the Conservative party and the DUP:

AM: [Are there] more resignations to come?

DH: We’re in the latter stages of this negotiation, about 95% of the way through. The last 5% is always the hardest… We have to see what comes back, and of course everybody in Parliament will be looking at that very closely and they need to think about what’s right for the future of our country. They also need to think about what the alternatives are.

Hinds continued, ‘Actually I’m very confident the deal that comes back will be a good one and it will be one that Members of Parliament will want to support’, adding ‘It is not necessarily going to be something everybody is going to think is absolutely perfectly what they want. But that’s the nature of these things. There are some trade-offs’. Marr also quizzed Hinds on school funding. Hinds replied ‘There are pressures on school budgets, I’m not denying that for a moment, and I take it very very seriously’, and defended per pupil spending as ‘at a considerably higher level than it used to be’.

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