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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 AvatarJames Murray 21st Oct - 9:59am
    Paul, Yes, indeed, Well Done the Witney Team...! There are lessons. A huge strength of UKIP was that everyone knew what was their core motive,...
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    Simon, the party should do whatever it enjoys, I just thought the expectation management was wrong and I wouldn't push so hard unless I thought...
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    A special mention should be made of Candy Piercy.
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    @Eddie Sammon - you think we should have done what instead?
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    What a beautiful tribute, Caron, thank you for posting this. Helen was a wonderful activist, always busy helping others whether in the Lib Dems, in...