UKIP Education spokesman has voiced fears that strike action by teachers in defence of a militant union official may spread.

“There has been a walkout today by members of the National Union of Teachers – which is outrageously reimbursing them – and I am concerned this action may spread to schools outside of North London.

“It is plainly wrong that teachers are effectively being bribed to strike and what also concerns me greatly is the affect on parents and children.

“Youngsters should not have their education treated as an ideological football and why should cash-strapped families be left out of pocket by having to make arrangements for their children when teachers walk out?

“I know in my own North West constituency many working class families have to count every penny and they are seething every time the left-wing NUT invokes strike action

“Our children deserve the best education they can get, which if UKIP was in charge would mean a grammar school in every town and city, and this particular strike in London demonstrates how these union members are putting the needs of pupils in second place,” said Mr Nuttall.

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