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Tories sell vouchers

Greater competition in public services and an end to "statist solutions" were demanded by David McLetchie, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, in a party address yesterday (Thursday).

In a speech largely devoted to an attack on the SNP, Mr McLetchie placed his party firmly behind a voucher system so parents would be able to buy the education of their choice. Choice should be extended to parents with special needs or from low income families.

"This will ensure their children are more attractive to schools, encouraging schools that contain a reasonable proportion of children from all parts of the social spectrum and preventing those children from becoming trapped in failing schools," Mr McLetchie said.

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