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From Don Foster MP

Madam: Fred Jarvis's eloquent article (Opinion, 28 September) omits to mention that, unlike the other two parties, Liberal Democrats do make clear commitments to investing in education. At our conference last week Paddy Ashdown reaffirmed the party's commitment to investing pounds 2bn in education, paid for if necessary by a penny on income tax. This was also a key theme of the speech by our treasury spokesman, Malcolm Bruce, and of a conference motion, which was overwhelmingly passed.

Yours faithfully,

DON FOSTER MP

Liberal Democrat Education Spokesman,

House of Commons,

London, SW1

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