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Opinion: fix our school system and stop uni-bashing

As a former constituent and activist in Bermondsey and Old Southwark I greatly enjoyed campaigning on behalf of Simon Hughes and have a lot of respect for his approach to policy and the hard work he puts in, especially meeting face to face with local voters and community groups. I was shocked, however, to read quotes from Simon on the front page of Saturday’s Guardian calling on universities to ‘cut intake’ from independent schools in order to match nationally ‘representative’ proportions: 7.2% was his quoted figure for the proportion of students we ought to aim at coming from an …

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Opinion: In pursuit of excellence

Earlier this month David Lammy MP highlighted the problem of the low number of black students admitted to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and called it the ‘Oxbridge Whitewash’. He wrote in the Guardian (6 Dec):

“Just one British black Caribbean student was admitted to Oxford last year. That is not a misprint: one student. Merton College, Oxford, has not admitted a single black student for five years. At Robinson College, Cambridge, a white applicant is four times more likely to be successful than a black applicant. Last year, 292 black students achieved three A grades at A-level and 475 black

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  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 25th Sep - 2:49pm
    @ Dave Orbison, The LSE carried out an interesting study. The report covering the first two months of his leadership laid bare the media bias....
  • User AvatarStevan Rose 25th Sep - 2:34pm
    You've ducked the question Denis, whilst focusing on my comparison to rotten boroughs, which I think is perfectly fair.
  • User AvatarDave Orbison 25th Sep - 1:55pm
    Simon Shaw - I will never stop complaining about The Sun. My reference to Young Lib Dems singing about Tony Blair's death was true was...
  • User AvatarDenis Loretto 25th Sep - 1:33pm
    I may have picked you up wrong, Stevan. If, rather than deciding policy by electronic vote of every member, you are talking about widening the...
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 25th Sep - 1:15pm
    @Dave Orbison "... what are we to make if the Young Liberals (I think joined by one LibDem) MP singing joyously as to the death...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 25th Sep - 12:53pm
    Caractacus, Tim 13, I agree.