Row erupts over Norfolk schools

A political row about the future of education in Norfolk erupted last night amid claims that five schools in and around the county could miss out on an �80m building revamp - if the Conservatives won the general election.

A political row about the future of education in Norfolk erupted last night amid claims that five schools in and around the county could miss out on an �80m building revamp - if the Conservatives won the general election.

Tory education policy came under the spotlight after Labour seized on comments by shadow schools minister Nick Gibb who suggested that schools due to be rebuilt under the government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme could miss out because the party could not guarantee that projects yet to reach “financial closure” would not be cut.

Yesterday Labour published a list of 750 schools which it claims might not be finished if the Tories won power including five in Norfolk - The Park High School in King's Lynn, Costessey High School near Norwich, Sewell Park College in Norwich, Yarmouth High School in Great Yarmouth and Marshland High School in West Walton - which have been awarded a total of �80m from the BSF fund.

But the Tories dismissed the claims insisting they would not cut spending on capital projects.