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Faye Gallacher
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11/07/2019 10:54 pm  

I’m not going to do what the Conservatives have done and spin by election results. It’s clear that these by election results were disappointing for the Labour Party, particularly in Scotland. However, over the course of the election campaign we have seen that this government – which has learnt from its mistakes and working for the British people – has gained, while the more voters across the country heard from the Conservatives the less they liked them. We will continue to work hard to slowly but surely gain the confidence of the British people. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Macmillan
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11/07/2019 10:56 pm  

The Liberal Democrats are of the belief that they are the natural party to take the fight to the Scottish National Party, that must be news to the people of Scotland. The Liberal Democrats lost their battle with the SNP, they refused to show up for debate on the Scotland Act, and they have been a part of a Government that has treated the Scottish people with nothing short of contempt. It is the Conservative and Unionist Party, not the Liberal Democrats, who are the party best placed to defeat the SNP. We defeated the SNP surge in Dumfries and Galloway, we passed meaningful devolution and reform for the Scottish people and their Parliament. Scotland knows that its interests are best served not by this government, not by the SNP, but by the Conservative Party.

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Macmillan
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11/07/2019 11:03 pm  

The Deputy Prime Minister claims this is a pro-business government, so why don't they act like it? The last budget raised taxes on business by over £1bn through their National Insurance hike, the Government have refused to cut business rates, and they refused to match the Conservative Party's ambitious plan for business and investment. Don't believe the spin, this Government are not pro-business they are pro-tax.

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Faye Gallacher
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11/07/2019 11:07 pm  

The Conservatives’ Shadow Home Secretary’s most recent Question Time has made it clear that the nasty party is back – if they ever left at all. He showed no remorse over previous comments made on LGBTQ+ people, made tasteless jokes about alcoholism and was unable to offer his own leader his support. It showed the Conservatives are as distasteful as they are dysfunctional.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/07/2019 11:11 pm  

The Conservatives aren’t even hiding what we’ve known for a while: they want to privatise our schools through the backdoor. They’ve openly admitted they want to shift our schools into their businesses, focusing more on profit than on the education of our children. The government will continue to ensure we have a system that lifts everybody up instead of using teachers and schools to play divide and conquer.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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AL2016
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11/07/2019 11:21 pm  

The Conservatives have released their education plan and it should disturb all of us who see our schools as a public service, dedicated to the education of all our children.

 

The Shadow Education Secretary wants all our schools to develop “as functioning businesses”. While she does not set out what business services a school should provide, the message is clear: profit will be king for schools under the Tories. We all know that businesses largely exist to make money but where will it come from: increased financial charges for parents or children, reckless speculation in the market, or something else potentially more damaging to a school?

 

Schools should not be businesses; they shouldn’t be expected to compete in the marketplace. They should not be seen as a money making vehicle. The Conservatives are proposing a discreet privatisation of our entire school system by forcing staff to operate for profit, not public service. They will be required to put the interests of the business above the interests of our children.

 

Maybe I’m a radical but I want schools to focus on educating our children to the highest standards, not running business operations and trying to make money as the Conservatives want. The Shadow Education Secretary should change her mind and rule out making schools “developing as functioning businesses.”

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Macmillan
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11/07/2019 11:28 pm  

Labour want to educate our students to the highest standard but they believe that the best way to do so is to force every student through the Comprehensive system, a system that does not make allowance for whether you are academically, technically, or vocationally inclined. Rather than trying to fit every student into the same mould as Labour would have us do the Conservative Party want to allow students the freedom and the flexibility to express themselves as best they can in a setting that promotes their strengths. Their is no point trying to force vocational students to be academic and there is no point trying to force academic students to be vocational, let's stop treating students as one amorphous blob and start treating them like individuals and human beings.

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William Croft
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11/07/2019 11:28 pm  

I am thrilled to see the launch of Felicity Moore's plan for Britain school's, a natural next step in the Conservative Party's Opportunity Agenda. The plan would achieve something Labour has failed to do every time they've been in Government: ensure that every child is able to achieve their destiny, no matter where they're from or how much money their parents make. I attended a grammar school because my parents wanted the best possible education for me, and I'm better off because of it. At the core of this policy, and of all the policies detailed in Felicity's white paper, is the belief that every child should be able to realize their full potential no matter they're background. That was true for me because of Grammar schools, and it will be true once again because of the Conservative Party. 

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Faye Gallacher
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11/07/2019 11:30 pm  

Not content with segregating poorer children and locking them into failing schools throughout their adolescence, the Conservatives have made it absolutely clear that should they make it following that if they're not wealthy, they better saddle up for more debt by making clear their desire to scrap student grants. This policy is a deeply unfair and deeply regressive policy that slams the door on those who wish to succeed - our future doctors, teachers and maybe even a future Prime Minister. This government will make it clear that grants aren't just here to stay, they're here to be strengthened.

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Faye Gallacher
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11/07/2019 11:32 pm  

It's not for Dylan Macmillan to determine which children aren't academic or not - it's for children to discover for themselves. This government is highly committed to strengthening technical education, and other forms of education Dylan Macmillan has completely ignored such as the arts. But we do this by nurturing children to realise their full potential, not by having the state segregate them as early as age four. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Macmillan
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11/07/2019 11:33 pm  

The current system of school placement does not work, letting schools coast and rely on the fact that students from nearby have to attend or go private is no way to incentivise them to raise standards. The Conservative Party's plan for education lets parents decide which school is best for their children and then send them to it rather than forcing them to attend the nearest one simply because it's convenient for the state. The Conservative Party are putting the needs of parents and students first whilst the Government protects the interests of the state.

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William Croft
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11/07/2019 11:36 pm  

Labour is attempting to do everything possible to attack the Conservative Party's white paper on Education because it reveals a reality they don't want to acknowledge: that their policy on Education is to simply throw money at the problem and hope for the best! Once again we see the contrast between the Government and the Conservative Party: while the Government is physically incapable of ever presenting a real plan to solve the problems we face, our party is prepared with comprehensive solutions to fundamentally address our country's greatest issues. The Conservative Party will spend more money on schools and reform the way they work to make sure every parent is able to feel confident that their child is getting a better education. We're eager to show the British people that when we're in Government we'll be ready to hit the ground running, and that's exactly what this plan does. 

William Croft
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Macmillan
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11/07/2019 11:38 pm  

Faye should really learn to listen when it comes to policy, then maybe she could critique the actual policy rather than something else entirely which is not our position. The Conservative Party are doing away with the 11+, we are not segregating students into academic and vocational, we are giving them and their parents the opportunity to decide for themselves. Under our plans students will be able to apply for a specialist school twice a year taking tests to determine their aptitude. This isn't about segregation it's about specialism, not all students are academic, not all students are vocational, by playing to their strengths we empower students and create an education system that works to allow them to achieve the maximum that they can in the fields they are naturally inclined to do well in. Labour proclaim that they are pro-student, so why do they have a problem with letting students and parents decide what they're best at and what is best for them?

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William Croft
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11/07/2019 11:44 pm  

Of course Labour is against performance-based evaluations for our country's schools - if that's how we chose who governed our country, they'd have been out of power a long time ago! The proposals released today by Felicity Moore are a sensible, effective way to ensure Britain's schools are the highest quality in the world. Our plan allows parents, not the Government, to choose where their children go to school. It allows teachers and administrators, not the Government, to make decisions about what's best for their school. And it allows children, not the Government, to determine their own interests and passions. The proposals we've released guarantee no parent is forced to settle when it comes to their child's future, and that's something I'm incredibly proud of.

William Croft
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Roger Brigham
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12/07/2019 12:59 am  

First of all I'd like to send my condolences to the families of all the people killed today by Islamic Radical Terrorism, a threat that we must eliminate from the face of the earth and should unite the nation to fight against terror.

Secondly, I'm delighted to enter for the first time in the Shadow Cabinet, it's an honor to serve the country from this position of great importance, I'm aware of what means to be in frontbenches, I will try to give my best to serve Britain's interests and do a constructive opposition.

As Shadow Home Secretary, my priorities will be as evident, the fight against terrorism, Britain is a target for terrorism and we must take the necessary action to prevent terror to kill our people, this will be my top priority. Other issues that need to be embraced are immigration and refugees, in a few day you will receive new information.

As Shadow Health Secretary, our priority will be a necessary and positive reform of our healthcare system, to give the best service to our people, it will be a reform of consensus, worked with all the parts that know our system, a reform and an improvement is necessary now more than ever before.

 

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