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Labour move to abolish private schools

MP says she thinks there should be more sharing between state and public schools

26 September, 2019 — By Richard Osley in Brighton

Tulip Siddiq had a cautious welcome for reforms

THE MP whose constituency has among the highest number of fee-paying schools has given a cautious response to new Labour Party policy to abolish private education.

Asked what she thought of the policy announced by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner on Sunday, Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said: “For many years it has been Labour policy to look at ways to share resources of private schooling with the state sector, including the removal of charitable status. I support efforts to give all students at every school the best possible education.”

She added: “As chair of the all-party parliamentary group on early years, high quality education for all is my priority.”

Her tone was more moderate than the mood of some delegates in Brighton who see Labour not just taking away tax breaks and sharing resources, but moving to abolition. Some of the country’s best regarded private schools are based in Camden, including UCS – where Ms Rayner’s predecessor Tristram Hunt went to school as a boy –  and South Hampstead.

Delegates approved a motion to not only remove charitable status but also redistribute endowments, investments and properties to the state sector.

Council leader Georgia Gould said: “I think it’s really positive that we have a policy that supports comprehensive education and moves us away from private schools.”

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