Former Education Minister Estelle Morris joined Tower Hamlets Labour Party for an education policy debate this week.
Estelle Morris, who currently sits in the House of Lords, was joined by Labour's candidate for Mayor of the borough, John Biggs, former headteacher of Langdon Park School in Poplar, Chris Dunne, and Tower Hamlets Labour Education spokesperson, Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs.
At the event John Biggs pledged to defend locally run schools if elected Mayor. But he acknowledged the challenge from the Tory-Lib Dem Government who have prohibited local councils from opening new schools, despite a school place crisis in London.
John Biggs today said:
"It was great to hear from Estelle Morris this week. She and Labour did a great job in Government investing in education and schools. In Tower Hamlets a Labour council working with the Labour Government made great progress with our children achieving improvements in GCSE results, but we now need to replicate that success with our A-Level and vocational training.
"If elected Mayor next year I will support our schools, parents and young people as we've done up to GCSE level so young people in Tower Hamlets can achieve even greater things."
Former Education Minister Estelle Morris today said:
"It's been a pleasure to join John Biggs and have the chance to hear his views and plans for education in Tower Hamlets.
"I've been very impressed. John and Labour contributed towards the great improvements in education in Tower Hamlets over the last 10 to 15 years, but John's also coming forward and saying what still needs to be done.
"I think that confidence in what Labour has achieved, a strong vision for the future and the determination to do something about it is what being a Mayor all about. I very much hope he's elected.
"I’ve no doubt, that if elected John Biggs will be a strong and effective Leader."
Tower Hamlets Labour Education spokesperson, Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs said:
“We've seen huge progress in GCSE results in Tower Hamlets, but many young people aren't seeing the same success at A-Level, which has huge implications for further education and job prospects.
“That's just not right and a Labour Mayor and Council would make supporting our young people to excel in education and training a top priority."