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An Isle of Wight Councillor has taken his campaign to promote skills training and studio schools right to the heart of Parliament during a meeting with the Chairman of the Education Select Committee of the House of Commons.

On Wednesday, Cllr Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) met with Education Committee Chair, Robert Halfon MP, a former Minister for Skills, in the Palace of Westminster to discuss ways to drive forward their shared concern that skills training is just as important, and in some cases more so, than academic study.

Speaking about the successful meeting, Cllr Whitehouse, has said:

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“The Conservative Government is transforming skills training with massive investment in apprenticeships, the introduction of T-Levels, and the encouragement of studio schools.

“I was delighted to have the chance to discuss key issues with the Chair of the Education Selection Committee. Rob Halfon is one of my political heroes for the way he champions skills training and blue-collar Conservatism. We have a huge amount in common, and hope to work together on these issues in the future.”

Cllr Whitehouse is pictured seated in the armchair once used in the Parliamentary office of famous wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, which Mr Halfon saved for the nation.

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