West Lanxcashire MP Rosie Cooper has told Education Ministers to stop trying to bully and bribe schools into becoming academies.
The Labour MP used a Parliamentary debate to challenge ministers and methods being used to trying to force Lancashire schools to convert.
Over the past few months Conservative run Lancashire County Council has been at loggerheads with the Department for Education over plans to get more of education secretary Michael Gove’s flagship schools.
Last summer the county was accused of having too many underperforming schools including four in West Lancashire, which would be forced to become academies.
In November the Education Secretary claimed Lancashire County Council was a ‘failing authority’ He also wrote to MPs asking them to encourage local schools to become academies. During the speech Rosie attacked the Education Secretary for his “absolutism on academies” and claimed the programme was an “ideological crusade”