MP questions trade union motives amid school closure appeal

Crewe and Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan

Crewe and Nantwich MP, Dr Kieran Mullan has questioned the motives of teaching union leaders in a Facebook post today (Monday 4th) as the debate about keeping schools open intensifies.

The post comes after Labour councillors earlier called upon Cheshire East to close schools.

In the post, which you can view below, Dr Mullan says:

But whilst I have the upmost (sic) respect for individual teachers and school staff you will forgive me if I dont (sic) see the motivations of well-paid teaching union leaders as purely altruistic.

They have been as difficult and obstructive as they possibly could be throughout this whole crisis. The government hasn’t gotten everything right, but it seems the union leaders are more interested in whipping up their members than being constructive. Never forget union leaders are subject to election themselves.

A poll by YouGov published late this afternoon (Monday 4th) showed the 62% of the public thought the decision to keep primary schools open was wrong.

The poll also showed 69% of the public think the government has done a bad job of handling school closures during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In the post Dr Mullan also says:

It’s easy to say close schools, but there are consequences. Schools remain safe for children. Despite what some have said, this hasn’t changed. It is very sad to see people spreading fake news about risks to children.

Schools in London, however, were deemed not to be safe and were closed by Dr Mullan’s Conservative colleague, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Both Crewe and Nantwich and the wider London area have been placed into Tier 4 restrictions and this will inevitably raise questions as to why schools in one area are being treated differently than the other.

At 8 pm this evening Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation where it is expected a further series of measures will be introduced to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

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