Keir Starmer visits Coventry primary school

In his first visit to Coventry since being elected leader of the Labour Party, the politician spoke out on the lack of childcare provision.

Pictured: Sir Keir Starmer and Taiwo Owatemi MP talking to staff at Whitmore Park Primary School in Coventry.

Sir Keir Starmer took the time out of his day to visit a Coventry primary school on Monday morning, to praise to the work of teachers under the current circumstances.

Whitmore Park Primary School in Keresley Heath, Coventry welcomed the politician, alongside Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi and shadow education secretary Kate Green, in what was Starmer’s first visit to the city since becoming Leader of the Labour Party.

Starmer spoke to both teachers and pupils during his visit, as well as a group of Year 6 leavers.

While visiting, he expressed his concern at the lack of childcare provisions in place across the UK, as the Government calls on people to go back to work next month when children will be out of school, saying that “lots of families are going to really struggle”.

While at the school, he also commented on the situation in China, calling the actions of the Chinese Government “deeply disturbing”.

Prior to the visit, shadow education secretary Kate Green spoke out on the need for children to be “safely back in school in September”, not just for their learning, but for their “social and mental well-being”.

She explained that the speed at which schools are having to put in place preparations troubles her, and reaffirmed the need to reassure parents that schools are safe.

Following the visit, Coventry MP Taiwo Owatemi said: “Every parent in Coventry deserves to know that their child will be safe when they return to school in September and we’re calling on the government to make sure that happens.”

Later in the day, Starmer made a stop at Coventry College, accompanied by Liam Byrne MP, the Labour candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands, to see how the college have made their campus ‘COVID-secure’ and hear about their ambitions for the future.

More to follow.