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Roger Brigham
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12/07/2019 2:37 am  

It’s surprising that Labour criticizes our white paper on Education, I understand that both parties have different positions on some issues about Education, but at least we should try to take our seats and debate to get a consensus to give Britain the Education of the 21st Century we need, but I’m not surprised by Labour’s statements, they are going down in polls and need media coverage, but when my party lost Downing Street, what we did was going to work from the beginning to gain back the support of the British people.

We need an education reform, is a national need, our proposal includes some of the main pilars of education, freedom to choose for parents and children, allowing them to choose for themselves the best option for them, because they really now which are their needs, Government doesn’t, that’s the main difference between Labour and Conservatives, Labour wants to decide for you, we want you to decide and be free.

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AL2016
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12/07/2019 8:14 am  

The Conservative education plan isn’t about giving parents the choice of school. It’s about forcing parents and children to compete against each other for places at the best schools, while abandoning the rest who do that make it. The Tories have no plans on improving schools that don’t provide a high standard education, or to help children from poorer backgrounds that aren’t in a top school. Rather than Labour’s plan to give every child a good education, the Tories want it to be available for the few who pass an interview.

Emma Hollens
MP for Hull North (2010 - )

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Macmillan
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12/07/2019 1:40 pm  

I'm not surprised that Labour are arguing for the convenience of the state over real choice and empowerment for parents and children. Under the current system, which Labour are advocating we keep, you have to send your children to the closest school, under the reformed system parents would have complete discretion to send their children to whichever school they wanted. The Conservative Party want to empower parents and enable students to live their best lives at and beyond school, Labour want to empower the state and leave students stranded at the nearest place for convenience.

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Holson
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12/07/2019 2:34 pm  

The Tory education plan readily admits that it will pit student against student to attend the best schools. The plan fully admits to bringing back grammar schools for the wealthy and well heeled. The Tory education plan takes ready responsibility that private businesses not just should, but will have a place in our halls or learning. This isn't a plan to help Britain's children, this is a plan to benefit the well connected, the wealthy, and the business interests. It pits children against children while the forces of privatization and wealth win at the cost of our national future. 

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William (Will) Conway
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MP for Milton Keynes North
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12/07/2019 3:39 pm  

I am honored to have been appointed to the Shadow Cabinet, overseeing Energy, Environment, and Climate Change.  I am determined to advance a holistic Conservative program in these areas concentrating on renewable energy.  To that end, I have introduced a Motion in the House of Commons advocating for the aggressive development of tidal power.  It is perhaps not common knowledge that the United Kingdom is uniquely placed to develop tidal power.  Eight of the world's twenty best sites for such power generation are located in our own waters.  If these sites are developed, 20% of our electricity generation will be from tidal energy. 

Tidal energy is clean and available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.  Developing tidal power infrastructure will provide jobs and help our economy.  The Conservative Party is determined to meet our environmental challenges with bold solutions.

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Environment and Climate Change (2016- )

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Felicity Moore
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12/07/2019 5:06 pm  

The Conservative “Opportunity Agenda” for education will liberate parents, teachers and students, putting power in the hands of pupils and delivering more choice in our education system than ever before as young people are freed from a one-size-fits-all model which hampers the transformation of aspiration into achievement.

We will liberate parents from the obligation to send their children to the nearest school, establishing a National Education Service in which admissions are decided on the basis of a lottery and interview system, with progress throughout a school career rather than starting point academic ability being the metric by which we ascertain a school’s success.

We will deliver a system which gives students a choice at any time to move between traditional, rigorous academic education and modern, properly-funded technical and vocational skills, by relaunching grammar schools and introducing technical schools as their more practical counterparts.

Students graduating with A Levels and the new Technical A Levels, one of which we hope in the future all young people will choose to study, will be able to go to university, start a degree apprenticeship or go straight into the working world.

We are proposing to deliver an education system grounded firmly in student choice, and in catering for the individual aspirations of different young people. Schools will be encouraged to specialise in specific fields, and businesses will be given new incentives to sponsor degrees as we move towards making in-course industry placements the norm rather than the exception.

The Conservative Alternative is an education system that works for every child; responsive to their needs and proactive in building upon their strengths. It will deliver world-leading schools and world-beating further education - and our commitment to lifelong learning through a Personal Development Fund will support hardworking individuals and families throughout life as they better themselves and their circumstances.

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Caroline Blakesley
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12/07/2019 5:34 pm  

I welcome the Conservative Party u-turn on green energy and their support of Government efforts on marine energy sources. It was not long ago that the Government announced historic investments in green energy, including a £250 million investment in expanding our offshore wind and marine/tidal energy capacity, and the Conservative Party accused us of picking winners and losers in the energy market. I'm quite glad to see that their tune has changed. The Government always recognised the unique potential of marine-based energy sources to provide massive amounts of power to the United Kingdom and, rightly, has offered them massive investment. We've been leading the way in green investments and marine energy development since day one and we're excited to see the Conservative Party jumping onboard - perhaps a little later than we hoped.

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William Croft
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12/07/2019 6:46 pm  

Today I introduced the Foreign Sponsors of ISIL Aid Removal Act 2016, legislation which aims to ensure state sponsors of ISIL are unable to receive foreign aid from our country. ISIL presents a grave an immediate threat to the British people; in knowingly killing two innocent British citizens, the terrorist group has shown their willingness to attack our country and threaten our way of life. We must use every tool in our arsenal to ensure ISIL is defeated, and that includes ensuring foreign nations face immediate and extreme consequences if they attempt to provide any aid or assistance to the group. The legislation I've introduced will prohibit state sponsors of ISIL from receiving foreign aid from Britain, terminate and prohibit defense contracts with these nations, and make it impossible for these nations to utilize British financial institutions. It guarantees that Britain offers no help to those who seek to aid our enemies. 

The bottom line is this: we must never allow British foreign aid, paid for by hardworking British taxpayers, to be used by terrorists seeking to take British lives. This legislation takes an important preemptive step to ensure that if a nation currently receiving aid from the UK is found to be a state sponsor of ISIL, that aid is immediately cut off. I am confident this bill compliments the current military strategy proposed by the Government, and encourage MPs from all sides of the House to vote in its favor. 

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AL2016
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12/07/2019 9:28 pm  

Previous supporters of grammar schools wanted a child’s life chances to be defined at 11. This new Conservative Party wants a child’s life chances to be defined at 4, if not earlier. If the Conservatives get their way “all state-funded schools” - even primary schools - will be able to set admissions criteria that allow some children access and others not.

Interviewing four year olds on whether they are allowed to attend a school is a obscene way of determining admissions. It isn’t about giving parents a choice, it’s about forcing children to compete from an early age.

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AL2016
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12/07/2019 10:06 pm  

The Conservatives have promised to introduce a National Education Service. While making comparisons to the NHS, the few details provided make it clear that the NES will completely the opposite. It will be about competition, not collaboration; profit, not the public; segregation, not service.

The National Education Service is just poor spin for a system that will force over 20,000 primary schools and over 4,000 secondary schools to compete against each other for funding in a fight to the death. We need an education system that encourages schools to work together to help all our students, not divide them. That is what Labour is committed to delivering.

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AL2016
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12/07/2019 10:28 pm  

The Conservatives have committed to allowing all schools to interview children as young as four to determine admissions. This will clearly discriminate against children from poorer backgrounds, especially those who haven’t had the best start in life.

 We know children from poorer backgrounds often fall behind their richer peers when it comes to vocabulary. Interviews at the age of four will favour those with a wider vocabulary, mainly children from richer families. With the best schools using interviews to choose their pupils, it is the poorest who will miss out and be forced into poorer schools which the Conservatives have no plans to improve.

 Let’s be clear what the Conservatives are offering: segregation on the basis of wealth and background, which harms the poorest and harms their life chances.  

 

Emma Hollens
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Felicity Moore
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12/07/2019 11:17 pm  

Emma Hollens knows perfectly well that selection will not take place at primary schools under our plans and is talking complete rubbish.

Nobody is going to put four year olds through interviews.

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Faye Gallacher
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12/07/2019 11:56 pm  

Felicity Moore herself said: 

"All state-funded schools would become part of this NES. Without a specific exemption, it would be illegal for such schools to select students on the basis of academic ability; whilst it would be permissible for oversubscribed schools to set admissions criteria, including holding interviews with prospective students, it would not be permitted to grant admission based on academic ability or socioeconomic status."

This means that under Conservative plans, primary school children will be interviewed for places in primary schools. The Conservatives appear to have no idea what their education policy means or what it could lead to, which is a strong sign they should go back to the drawing board. 

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Macmillan
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13/07/2019 1:49 pm  

As we have said repeatedly, there will be no interviewing of primary school children under our education plans. Labour should stop scaremongering, stop lying, and start actually engaging with the policies themselves.

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Faye Gallacher
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13/07/2019 4:47 pm  

I am extremely disappointed that Dylan Macmillan against wants to deny reality when it's convenient for him to deny it. Just like he wanted to deny that he had fought to stay in Downing Street after elected even when exposed to his own quotes proving the contrary, he now wants to deny his education policy would force primary school children to be interviewed for academic selection even when exposed to quotes proving the contrary.

This is bad enough, but his response is to instinctively call those pointing this out 'liars', toxifying an already fraught political atmosphere. This behaviour is just all round irresponsible.

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