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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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    Labour are in line for a monumental collapse at the next election. They have lost a deposit in a strong Remain area, they are fourth...
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    Well done Ross and the team for your efforts. Almost doubling our vote share, was a tremendous performance, and demonstrates, in this heavily Conservative seat...
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    David Evans But then you spoiled it by saying “My belief is that confused by a torrent of dubious facts from both sides a significant...
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    Congratulations to Ross Pepper and his team. The biggest concern is the turnout. To think that less than 4 in 10 of the people thought...
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    With reference to my earlier comment and seeing the result, I don't think UKIP can really claim to be happy either. Vote share down in...
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    ... and Congratulations to Ross and the Lib Dem Team.