Source: BBC News
On April 14, 2005 BBC News reported, " The Conservatives say they want to see "perhaps thousands" more faith schools. Education spokesman Tim Collins says a commitment to a major expansion of religious schools 'is absolutely at the heart of the Conservative vision.' He says Christian, Jewish and Islamic schools have higher standards and a stronger ethos than secular schools. Labour is committed to allowing faith schools where residents want them; the Lib Dems have denied the 'myth' that they want to halt their development. 'We must have more of them - not a handful here and there, but hundreds, ultimately perhaps thousands, more,' the Tories' Tim Collins says."