Tory defects over schools cuts

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A Conservative councillor has defected to Labour over cuts to the government's schools building programme.

Elaine Costigan, of Sandwell Council, said the community had been treated with "utter contempt" and she was "ashamed to be a Conservative".

Nine schools in Sandwell were told they would receive refurbishment money, only to be informed a day later the projects were being scrapped.

The government said it would target work on the schools with most need.

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