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Michael Gove plays down free schools row

Education Secretary Michael Gove has attempted to play down a row within the coalition over school funding, focussing instead on Labour's record.

Lib Dem sources say 30,000 local authority school places are being lost as money is diverted to new free schools.

In the Commons, Mr Gove was asked by shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt to confirm the claim. He replied by talking about the shortage of school places and who was responsible.

  • 12 May 2014
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