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Mogwai singer backs Lennon’s call for free music lessons

MOGWAI star Stuart Braithwaite has backed a call by Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Monica Lennon for free music lessons in all of Scotland’s schools.

Ms Lennon has pledged to make free universal music tuition in state schools a key manifesto pledge if she is elected to lead the party.

She insists learning an instrument should be a “core element of the curriculum” and that it is wrong that some children miss out on music tuition because of council-imposed charges.

Mr Braithwaite said yesterday: “It’s terrible that children are being excluded from music lessons because of lack of finance.

“Music should be available to all no matter what their background.”

Ms Lennon, who is up against fellow MSP Anas Sarwar in the contest to succeed Richard Leonard as party leader, argues that abolishing charges linked to school music lessons would complement wider measures to tackle the attainment gap and curb the rising cost of the school day.

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