Angela Rayner does an accidental impression of Diane Abbott

Written by Sebastian Whale on 10 May 2017 in Diary

Watch: The shadow education secretary was being quizzed on class size numbers.

Another Labour frontbencher has come up short when questioned forensically on the detail of one of the party’s general election pledges.

Angela Rayner today became the latest shadow cabinet member to face a grilling from Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio.

And like her colleague Diane Abbott last week, she struggled with some of the finer details.

The shadow education secretary was taken to task over Labour’s pledge to ensure that no pupil is in a class larger than 30 children in the first three years of primary school.

The party has pledged to cap class sizes for five, six and seven year olds. But when Rayner was asked how many children across the country were taught in classes of more than 30 people, she was unable to cite the exact number.





The Labour politician repeatedly told Ferrari it was a “substantial” or “significant” figure.

He eventually told Rayner that the figure was “520,445 primary school pupils in England alone in classes of 31 or more”.

To which she replied: “I’m just not going to play that numbers game with you.”

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