Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Labour to integrate private schools with state sector in latest manifesto

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Travis Berry | 26 September, 2019, 00:11

The Labour Party has agreed on a motion to integrate private schools into the state sector.

'Myself and John McDonnell will set out further steps the Labour government will take, but I can say today that our very first budget will immediately close the tax loopholes used by elite private schools and use that money to improve the lives of all children'.

Holly Rigby, from the Abolish Eton campaign, said: "We are delighted that Labour has committed to integrating all private schools into the state sector and that it will feature in the next manifesto".

"Endowments, investments and properties" would also be redistributed across the country's schools.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spent some years of his education at a private school, and several members of his team of senior lawmakers sent their children to fee-paying schools.

It was also announced at the party conference that Labour would see the percentage of privately educated students in the United Kingdom reflected in universities, now standing at seven per cent.

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Labour have also pledged to revoke the charitable status and other public subsidies from private schools.

"Whether it's Shami Chakrabarti sending her son to a private school, Emily Thornberry sending hers to selective schools, or Jeremy Corbyn putting his own political views ahead of his wife and children, the Labour Party are in no position to lecture anyone on what is best for their family".

"It is a matter of fact that private schools perpetuate structural inequality in our society and we can see that in the number of top professions and leadership positions in our country that are dominated disproportionately by people who went to private schools", said the Glasgow North East MP.

He said: "I support doing away with grammar schools".

Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), a professional association of heads of the world's leading independent schools, said the motion was based on "myths, misinformation and misunderstandings".

"If implemented, it will be an act of unprecedented vandalism".

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