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London’s exemplary school standards will be harmed if children continue to leave the city and more schools close down, the government was warned on Wednesday.

At the moment schools in London are consistently high achieving and top national league tables for exam results, following decades of improvements.

But Florence Eshalomi, MP for Vauxhall, said London’s excellent education standards will be at risk if the exodus of young families from the capital continues.

The drop in pupil numbers means some London schools have already been forced to close, and growing numbers are at risk.

Speaking at a parliamentary debate on Wednesday, Ms Eshalomi said this means the remaining schools will get bigger, class sizes will increase, pupils will have longer commutes and teachers will be under more pressure.

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