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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 AvatarMavarine Du-Marie 27th May - 6:25am
    "Liberal Democrats: are the party of straight talk and good government" That is a workable story and identity.
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    I hope Nick doesnt do a John Major. Now more than ever we need all of our MPs to be performing at their best. Unleash...
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    To add to the lists of cruelty in horse racing... A horse's skeleton isn't fully formed until they are three years old. Yet race horses...
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    Eddie Sammon However Richard S does make a good point: equality is not the only measure of success. No, and no-one is saying it is....
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    Caron - you seem to have lost sight of the fact that had NC shown any moral fibre and had resigned as leader after the...
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    Good luck Jo!
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