Watch the PM congratulate Lincoln City FC on FA Cup victory

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Prime Minister Theresa May today commended Lincoln City football club and its fans for their shock FA Cup win against Ipswich Town, which saw the Imps reach the fourth round for only the third time in their history.

As reported at the time, over 9,000 people packed into Sincil Bank to watch the match, which was aired live on BBC 1.

The Imps’ 1-0 victory over the Championship side was marked by the Prime Minister as a fitting tribute to the former club manager Graham Taylor, who passed away last week.

In answer to a question from Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, the Prime Minister sad: “Can I join my right honourable friend in congratulating Lincoln City on their victory last night. I think it was a fitting tribute to Graham Taylor that they’ve won that match.”

Karl McCartney also asked the Prime Minster when action would be taken to close the education gap between girls and boys.

She replied: “He has raised an important point and I have indeed highlighted the issue of white working class boys who are the group least likely to go to university and we are committed to ensuring every child gets the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“That is about ensuring that Apprenticeships are as accessible as possible and I am pleased to tell my Honourable Friend, that the number of Apprenticeships started by males has increased to nearly 50% and universities expect to spend over £800 million in improving access and success for disadvantaged students.”