PM Takes Trip Back to the Classroom; but, He Asks, Why Do They Always Put Me in the Science Room?

Article excerpt

Byline: By FIONA SCOTT Political Editor

PRIME Minister Tony Blair went back to school today in Warwick to launch his party's education manifesto pledge.

He swept into the comprehensive Myton School to promise that Labour would make this generation of children "the best educated and trained in our country's history".

His campaign sparked renewed speculation of a general election for May 5.

His promise on education was one of six Labour manifesto pledges unveiled today.

The education pledge is "Your Child Achieving More".

During the visit Mr Blair met science teacher Nick Wood and joked: "For some reason, whenever I visit a school they always put me in the science class. It was my worst subject and for some reason I've never been able to understand it all."

Earlier in the day Mr Blair stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Chancellor Gordon Brown to announce the first pledge, on the economy, in a special signing ceremony in London.

He then set off on a whistle-stop tour of marginal constituencies on his way to Labour's spring conference in Gateshead, near Newcastle.

Myton School is in the marginal Warwick and Leamington seat which MP James Plaskitt took from the Conservatives in 1997 as Blair swept to power.

The West Midlands is being seen as the battleground where the election will be won or lost and Mr Blair visited Leamington on the first day of his campaign in 2001. …