Southport's MP John Pugh moved an amendment to the Academies Bill to allow parents to trigger a ballot if a school governing body is divided over moving to Academy status. You can hear the debate from the Radio 4 Yesterday in Parliament. This an an interesting development for Lib Dem backbenchers in challenging the Government and presenting a distinctive Liberal view.
You can see the full debate in Hansard. John is a former teacher at local Comprehensive Schools as well as at Merchant Taylor's Crosby.