BARNSLEY East MP Stephanie Peacock has forced the government to admit the minister in charge of South Yorkshire’s schools has yet to make a single visit to the region.

The revelation came in response to a parliamentary question posed to the government by the MP.

The government admitted schools secretary Nick Gibb MP has failed to make a single visit to South Yorkshire.

“Our schools are facing unprecedented pressure with budgets slashed, resources cut, and teachers leaving the profession in droves,” said Stephanie, herself a former teacher.

“Yet how would the minister in charge of our schools have any idea how this is affecting schools here in Barnsley when he has failed to make a single visit to the region?

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“The minister is welcome to come and see the damage his government’s appalling obsession with austerity is doing to Barnsley’s schools and students, but given his record I won’t hold my breath.”