Labour’s education spokesman has revealed that she has never made an official visit to a private school despite being in her role for nearly two years.
Bridget Phillipson, who spearheaded her party’s policy to impose VAT on independent school fees, admitted to the Sunday Telegraph that she hasn’t ‘visited any private schools officially in my role, no.’
The revelation prompted accusations that Sir Keir Starmer‘s team have decided private school pupils ‘don’t matter at all’.
Labour’s plans for independent schools no longer include stripping them of their charitable status, but the party still plans to impose 20 per cent VAT on top of mounting fees.
Labour’s education spokesman Bridget Phillipson (pictured last month) has revealed that she has never made an official visit to a private school despite being in her role for nearly two years. She spearheaded her party’s policy to impose VAT on independent school fees
The revelation prompted accusations that Sir Keir Starmer’s team have decided private school pupils ‘don’t matter at all’. Sir Keir and Ms Phillipson are pictured last month during a visit to the Sydney Russell School in Dagenham to see firsthand how they are improving debating and speaking skills at school
Last night Conservative MPs lined up to criticise Ms Phillipson for her record.
Andrew Lewer, a member of the Commons education committee, said: ‘Can you imagine a politician proposing such massive changes to any other part of the economy or society without even bothering to engage with it in any serious way?
‘It clearly underlines that Labour’s education policies are driven by spite and the politics of envy.’
Separately, Ms Phillipson criticised the current system of funding university education as ‘the worst of all worlds’ as the party considers bringing back maintenance grants for poorer students by increasing the interest rates on the debt of wealthier graduates.
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