MK Conservatives have called on the Labour-Lib Dem Council to get a grip on the illegal encampments disrupting schoolchildren in the city.
Oakgrove School has been forced to switch to virtual learning after travellers set up camp on their school field over the weekend which has caused concern to parents over the impact on their children’s education.
The Conservative Government recently passed a Bill giving extra powers to clamp down on illegal encampments, including a prison sentence of up to three years, which Labour and the Liberal Democrats voted against.
Manish Verma, Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Conservatives, said: “Nationally we’ve seen a failure from Labour and the Liberal Democrats to take illegal encampments seriously by voting against tougher action.
“We need the Labour-Lib Dem Council here in Milton Keynes to get a grip and put our schoolchildren first, rather than letting this disruption to their education continue.”
Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, commented: “This illegal encampment is absolutely outrageous and brings disruption and inconvenience to students, parents and staff.
“I recently voted in favour of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act which gave police powers to crack down on unauthorised encampments like this.
“Labour and the Lib Dems voted against the Act but I will always stand on the side of the law-abiding majority and on the side of the police.”