Tories will slash funding for schools, colleges and nurseries by more than a quarter in Bath and North East Somerset research shows Conservatives will cut the education budget by £53 million in Bath and North East Somerset by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows. The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan. It means £53.2 (25.3%) would be wiped off the education budget in Bath and North East Somerset – hitting children's life chances. The research - based official House of Commons library figures - shows schools will bear the brunt of Tory cuts but childcare, college and early years budgets would also be hit hard. Unlike both Labour and the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats are committed to protecting cradle to college education spending. Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North East Somerset, said: "These Tory cuts would be devastating for North East Somerset's local schools, nurseries and colleges - hitting our children's life chances hard. "By committing to a budget surplus by 2020, giving away £7 billion in unfunded tax cut and not raising taxes George Osborne's axe will have to fall on education. "This would be a disaster for families and children who all depend good schools and a great teachers in this area. "Unlike both the Conservatives and Labour, the Liberal Democrats will protect education spending on early years, schools and colleges. "We believe education is crucial in building a stronger economy and a fairer society - one where every child has the opportunity to get on in life."