Witham's MP has spoken out against strike action.

Priti Patel has called for schools, Jobcentres and other public services threatened by strike action today to remain open.

Ms Patel said: “We should remember that the people who will suffer most from the planned strikes are children and the most vulnerable users of public services.

“I would therefore urge all trade union members in my constituency to reject the political dogma of their unions and instead go to work to teach our children and help those in need.”