Simon Hughes: Lib Dem free school and education policy

The Liberal Democrat policy on free schools is "very uncomplicated" said the party's deputy leader.

Simon Hughes said it backed allowing people to set them up up, but they should have qualified teachers, minimum standards, be inspected by Ofsted and have the same core curriculum as other schools.

And he said: "I don't think parents and teachers misunderstand this at all."

But Mr Hughes said he was "not a huge fan of free schools personally" as they were "too big a risk for parents".

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