19th September 2003 at 01:00
* Thank you for giving prominence to our success in winning back VAT for our schools ("VAT ruling offers boon to 800 schools", TES, August 15). I hope our example benefits others You are right to highlight lack of funding as a national issue, but we are fortunate in Ealing not to have any cuts in school budgets. Unfortunately, my quote was edited to lose the word "national", so your readers may have thought that we were making cuts.

One other, small thing: your description of me as "council spokesman" gives the impression I am an employee. I am actually a politician!

Leonora Thomson Deputy leader and cabinet member for education London borough of Ealing

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