UKIP councillor on tour of local schools

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A NEWLY-ELECTED UKIP councillor has been touring schools.

Hampshire County Council’s Fareham Crofton councillor Christopher Wood visited Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior Schools last week.

He also paid a visit to Crofton Hammond Infant, Junior and Senior Schools in Stubbington.

Cllr Wood met headteachers and discussed problems the schools are facing.

The 23-year-old councillor attended Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior School as well as Crofton Senior School.

He said: ‘It was a pleasure to return. I was pleased to listen to their success stories as well as seeing the improvements which have been made since I left.

‘I held productive meetings and have taken on board the concerns raised about the standards of some of the buildings and the strain that the education reforms and the government’s financial curbs have placed on some areas of the teaching profession.

‘I feel it is hugely important that a strong bond exists between local councillors and our schools, I benefited from the marvellous teaching our local schools provided and will work to ensure all our children have the same advantages in life as I had.’

Cllr Wood was elected to county council in May, taking his seat from Conservative Cllr Tim Knight by a margin of 927 votes.