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Gavin Williamson tied new school funding to party vote, says Tory defector

Bury South MP says former education secretary warned disloyalty over free school meals vote put new high school at risk

Christian Wakeford has accused the former education secretary Gavin Williamson of threatening to withdraw funding for a school if he voted for a motion criticising the government over free school meals.

After crossing the floor to join Labour on Wednesday, the Bury South MP alleged that party whips told him he would lose funding for a new high school in his constituency if he did not vote with the government. At the time, he did not say who was responsible.

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