Gordon Brown's policy relaunch was hijacked by angry parents today as he visited a Lewisham school to announce plans to to give parents more power over their children's education. This comes after an embarrassing week of parliamentary defeats and speculation over his leadership of the Labour Party. The wisdom of choosing a Prendergast School to make this speech must call into question the political judgement of number 10 advisor's considering the schools role in the disputed takeover of Lewisham Bridge Primary School and the publicity that this dispute has attracted in recent weeks.
The protesters are angry over the local authorities plans to build a combined primary and secondary schools on the site of Lewisham Bridge Primary School. The proposal has been opposed the vast majority of parents and the failure of Lewisham to consult and listen to parents has caused a great deal of anger and frustration that spilled out onto the streets today. The demonstration was supported by staff and students from Goldsmiths College in Lewisham who are fighting against the take over of their college by a private company.
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