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Alliance reacts to General Election announcement

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Speaking outside Number 10 on Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced that the Cabinet had agreed to call an early election.

Justifying the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”

She said the “division in Westminster would risk our ability to make a success of Brexit”.

The news has led some charities to offer comment, and one of them is Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, he told Charity Today News:

“This is a huge announcement which, despite being prompted by Brexit, is likely to have significant repercussions across all areas of government policy, including the early years.

“Assuming the general election does go ahead, we urge all political parties to use this as an opportunity to develop a clear, evidence-based, sustainable approach to early years policy – one that puts quality, and the needs of the child, first.

“For far too long, childcare and early education have been used as a political football, with the sector constantly on the receiving end of uncosted, underfunded promises. We hope that such an approach will not be repeated in the run up to 8 June.”