After writing that post I came across this news story from The Herts Advertiser:
I shall be surprised is the only Liberal Democrat who supports the establishment of a local free school.
Support has flooded in for a couple trying to establish a new state-funded primary school in St Albans.
More than 70 people have already signed a petition backing Fawzia Topan and Tim Hodgson’s plans to open a school for four to 11-year-olds under the Montessori ethos, which they already use to run a popular private nursery in Hatfield Road.
Local councillors, St Albans MP Anne Main and 2010 Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Sandy Walkington have also got behind the idea after meetings with the husband and wife team, who are using new coalition government legislation which allows individuals to open schools if there is a proven need.