School is reported to police in election row

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A TYLDESLEY school has been reported to police after claiming an election leaflet was misleading voters.

Liberal Democrat councillor Robert Bleakley has written to the chief constable at Greater Manchester Police after headteachers at St George’s Central CE Primary School, in Tyldesley, issued a letter to parents raising concerns about the party’s campaign leaflet ahead of the upcoming local elections.

The Focus newsletter, which features a photograph of the school premises in Darlington Street, discusses the Government’s pupil premium scheme, providing an extra £430 for each poor pupil, which Lib Dem councillors say will amount to £125,000 funding for schools in Tyldesley.

Schools will receive the money for every pupil whose parents have an annual income of less than £16,000.

But St George’s Central Primary claim information in the leaflet is inaccurate.

A letter issued by headteachers Gillian Fisher and Pauline Greenhalgh, reads: “You may have seen a flyer sent round just before the half-term holiday from local Lib-Dem councillors. On the front page is a photograph of our school (taken without permission) and a banner headline implying that schools are gaining funding somewhere in the region of £125,000.

“I want to assure you that this is certainly NOT the case and like all other public services school budgets will also be feeling the brunt of the Coalition Government cuts this year. I hope this clarifies the matter.”

Coun Bleakley has said: “The letter implies es that I published misleading information in the leaflet. The funding referred to has been costed using figures from Wigan Council and is accurate.”

No one from St George’s Central Primary School was available to comment.

Tyldesley candidates: S Hellier (Lab); K McManus (Lib Dem): D Ollerton (Con).