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  • = Key Development Monday 19th January
  • 16:10 Jewish schools need more protection from terror attacks - Morgan House of Commons

    Jewish schools need more protection from terror attacks - Morgan House of Commons

    Labour and the Conservatives have united in calling for greater protection of Jewish schools in the wake of the Paris attacks. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told the House during Education Questions that her department had protected ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 16th January
  • 10:32 Story (1 links): Hunt: Labour must attack Ukip head on

    PoliticsHome Hunt: Labour must attack Ukip head on Story View links

    Labour must confront the threat from Ukip head on, Tristram Hunt has said.

    In an interview with the Independent, the Shadow Education Secretary warned that Labour must not pander to or ignore the Eurosceptic party, despite damaging headlines about them in recent months.

    Ahead of a speech to the Fabian Society today, Mr Hunt described Ukip as a “real and very dangerous threat to prosperity for working people” and called on his own party to make the alternative case for Europe and open markets.

    “Ukip identifies the tensions and anxieties of the British public. At this election, we will provide the answers,” he declared.

     

  • 10:21 LabourList blog: The way to beat UKIP is to “confront” them, says Tristram Hunt News

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    Labour can’t afford to ignore or pander to UKIP, we can only defeat them by taking them on, says Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 15th January
  • 20:00 Screen Test The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Screen Test

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield      For a woman whose weekend lie-in was ruined by pre-dawn tablet computer action, Nicky Morgan looks remarkably bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. “Alex woke us up at half past fiv... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 13th January
  • 09:19 Tristram Hunt: Govt responsible for school places crunch On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | BBC News Video Tristram Hunt MP

    Tristram Hunt said the Government was responsible for the crunch on school places highlighted by the Local Government Association. “What’s brought this on are two policies that the Government are pursuing. One is the free schools program... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 8th January
  • 07:34 Story (2 links): Childcare costs putting parents off work

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    Labour has slammed the Government after a new poll found that childcare costs are driving parents away from work. A survey by charity 4Children found that one in five parents having to pay for childcare were considering working fewer hours or giving up their job because of the costs. Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt said that under the Coalition, childcare costs had increased by 30% while wages were down. “Labour's plan for childcare will make work pay and boost the economy,” he said.

  • 00:01 Labour: Response to poll showing childcare costs are driving parents away from work - Tristram Hunt Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Labour press release Tristram Hunt MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, responding to poll showing childcare costs are driving parents away from work, said: "Under David Cameron, childcare costs have rocketed by 30 per cent since 20... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 4th January
  • 10:10 Tristram Hunt: Conservatives have produced dodgy figures on the deficit On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live Video Tristram Hunt MP

    Tristram Hunt accused the Tories of peddling "fiddly figures" in its election campaign rhetoric.  "We've seen a lot of fiddly figures this week from the Conservative party. This morning we've had more fiddly figures from the Prime Minist... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 29th December
  • 15:34 LabourList blog: Tristram Hunt pledges: Magna Carta will be taught in every school News

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    Every school in the country will be required to teach the history of the Magna Carta if Labour come to power. Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt writes in The Sun (£) today that if he takes up t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 17th December
  • 13:42 Jeremy Browne: Lib Dems should be proud of economic gains On air

    On Air | Jeremy Browne MP | | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Jeremy Browne MP

    Jeremy Browne said the Liberal Democrats should be proud of their contribution to the economic recovery under the Coalition. “Wages are rising faster than prices, which is good news. Unemployment has fallen rapidly when the Labour party ... Continue to article

  • 13:29 Tristram Hunt: There is an ideological choice between Labour and Tories On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | The World At One, BBC Radio 4 Video Tristram Hunt MP

    Tristram Hunt said Labour would be able to cut the deficit as promised and that Tory spending plans meant there was an ideological choice between Labour and the Tories in 2015. "Every one of our policy commitments is costed and has a pri... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 11th December
  • 16:21 Labour: Primary school results - under Cameron’s Government we have a schools policy that puts gains at risk - Tristram Hunt Press Release

    16:21| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to today’s primary school results said: “It is very encouraging to see that primary schools are continuing to make progress, in line with th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 9th December
  • 07:45 Labour: Tristram Hunt comment on reports of Government plans for a College of Teaching Press Release

    07:45| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Tristram Hunt MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on reports of Government plans for a College of Teaching, said: "David Cameron's schools policy has damaged our education system and harmed ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • = Key Development Friday 5th December
  • 16:29 In Brief Events

    16:29 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron hosts a Downing Street event on coding and has announced plans for maths and science in schools Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband participates in a Leaders Live online debate with young people (5:30pm) ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 17:13 Isabel Hardman blog: Class war at Education questions News

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    Labour is very pleased with the amount of attention it garnered for its new private schools policy when Tristram Hunt unveiled it last week. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 27th November
  • 23:20 Gove backs Labour's private school plans PoliticsHome News

    Gove backs Labour's private school plans PoliticsHome News

    Michael Gove has backed proposals made by Labour’s Tristram Hunt to urge private schools to share knowledge and resources with the state sector or risk losing their charitable status.  Speaking on Question Time, the former education secr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th November
  • 11:44 Political Scrapbook blog: BBC and Sky get wannabe Tory MP to attack Labour school plans News

    Blog | Political Scrapbook source icon

    Tristram Hunt. With Labour warning 1,250 private schools that £147m in tax breaks could be under threat unless they do more Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 25th November
  • 17:09 Story (16 links): Labour threatens private schools' tax breaks

    PoliticsHome Labour threatens private schools' tax breaks Story View links

    Labour is demanding that private schools do more to help children from state schools or risk losing tax breaks worth up to £700m over the next Parliament.

    Writing in the Guardian today, Tristram Hunt suggested that business rate relief could be restricted unless independent schools tackle the “corrosive divide of privilege”, describing it as a “Berlin wall” in the education system.

    The Shadow Education Secretary wrote: “Step up and play your part. Earn your keep.”

    Speaking on the Today programme this morning he urged schools to share knowledge on matters such as university admissions and teaching practices.

    He said: “These schools... could and should be doing more be doing more, because they receive very generous tax breaks - £140m a year."

    Dr Hunt clashed on the programme with Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, warning him that independent schools shouldn’t behave like a “1970s trade union [thinking] everything is fine at our end, we don’t need any improvement”.

    “And when we look at some of their interactions with the state sector it is frankly not good enough.

    “And what the Labour party is saying is: ‘look, raise your game, you’ve got great skills and insights in some of these schools and they are not being shared effectively.”

    But the plans were branded "class warfare" by Conservative MP Dominic Raab - a member of Parliament's Education Select Committee - who warned they could disproportionately hit smaller private schools.

    "I don't think this plan is going to do much other than appeal to grassroots Labour supporters from a class warfare point of view," he told BBC News.

    "If you look at the impact, it's fine to put these additional responsibilities on big, rich, well-endowed public schools like Winchester or Harrow, but what about the smaller, independent schools, with lower fees, servicing basically an aspirational middle class background set of families? I think those are the ones that would really struggle and go out of business."

    The Prime Minister’s spokesman said that enhanced collaboration between private and state schools was already being pursued under the Coalition.

    “It is the Government’s policy for independent schools to work with schools in the state sector already,” he said.

  • 12:35 Lobby:No 10: Govt already encouraging private school collaboration with state sector Lobby Briefings

    12:35 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    The Government is already encouraging collaboration between private and state schools, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister’s spokesman was responding to an announcement from Labour that independent schools could lose their tax b... Continue to article

  • 12:15 Kevin Brennan: Labour's schools plan will address social chasm in society On air

    On Air | Kevin Brennan MP | Shadow Schools Minister | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Kevin Brennan MP

    Kevin Brennan said a "social chasm" in society needed to be remedied, and that policy was needed because "warm words" had failed. "We’ve just heard about the social chasm existing in our society and we want to break down those barriers b... Continue to article

  • 10:30 Dominic Raab: Labour private schools plans are class warfare On air

    On Air | Dominic Raab MP | Conservative MP | BBC News Video Dominic Raab MP

    Dominic Raab attacked Labour's plans to make tax breaks for independent schools contingent on more co-operation with the state sector. "We want to break down some of the barriers, we want to increase ladders of opportunity and social mob... Continue to article

  • 10:24 Response to Tristram Hunt speech on private schools Press Release

    10:24| Press Release

    Press Release from Left Unity: Felicity Dowling of Left Unity said: "This is weak posturing from private schoolboy Hunt. "He is right that private schools get a £700 million a year subsidy – but why should they be allowed to keep any... Continue to article

  • 10:22 NUT: Comment on Labour’s plans for private schools Press Release

    10:22| Press Release

      TUC press release Labour’s Plans for Private Schools Commenting on Tristram Hunt’s plans to make the £700 million business rate relief received by private schools conditional on them meeting minimum standards of partnership with s... Continue to article

  • 09:02 News from Labour: Labour's plan to transform the relationship between state and private schools - Tristram Hunt Press Release

    09:02| Press Release

    Press Release from Labour: LABOUR'S PLAN TO TRANSFORM THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATE AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE CLASSROOM AND IN SPORT Tristram Hunt MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, will today (Tuesday November 25th) deliver a... Continue to article

  • 07:58 Tristram Hunt: Labour will encourage private and state schools to work together On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Tristram Hunt MP

    Tristram Hunt outlined Labour’s plans to improve the sharing of knowledge and skills between private and state schools, designed to improve social mobility and “spread opportunity.” “What motivated me to come into politics was to improve... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Tristram Hunt: Private schools have done too little for too long News

    Opinion | The Guardian source icon

    Under a Labour government, the independent sector will work for the common good or lose its tax breaks Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:01 In Brief Events

    17:01 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a Women’s Aid event in the House of Commons (4:00pm) Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced further roll out of universal credit Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone pu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 20th November
  • 22:46 Tristram Hunt: We need to address the deterioration of parliament On air

    On Air | Emily Thornberry MP | Shadow Attorney General | Newsnight, BBC 2 Video Emily Thornberry MP

    Tristram Hunt said the problem of the deterioration of the Houses of Parliament buildings must be dealt with by the beginning of the next sitting of parliament. “I think our big fear as Members of Parliament is that if we go out, then th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 17th November
  • 17:17 In Brief Events

    17:17 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Polling stations for the Rochester and Strood by-election are open until 10:00pm. Results are expected on Friday morning. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visits Latvia Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander hosts a discussio... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 23:27 Home Office Report an 'open door' to drug reforms - Lucas PoliticsHome News

    Home Office Report an 'open door' to drug reforms - Lucas PoliticsHome News

    Today’s Home Office report which found "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use offers “an open door” to drug policy reform, Caroline Lucas has said. Appearing on BBC’s Question Time programme, the Green MP, w... Continue to article

  • 00:01 Labour: Response to NAO report on school oversight failure - Tristram Hunt Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Tristram Hunt MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the NAO's report on the DfE's failure on school oversight, said: "This report is an utterly damning account of David Cameron's failure in... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 15:34 Hunt accuses Morgan of Tories being ‘soft on standards’ PoliticsHome News

    Hunt accuses Morgan of Tories being ‘soft on standards’ PoliticsHome News

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, has rejected accusations that the Conservatives have been “soft on standards” in schools. During Education Questions, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt labelled Ms Morgan's praise of the 97% of qu... Continue to article

  • 15:13 In Brief Events

    15:13 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Leader of the House of Commons William Hagu... Continue to article

  • 15:13 In Brief Events

    15:13 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Energy Secretary Ed Davey and Resource Management Minister Dan Rogerson attend a European Union Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg (9:00am) Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has announced changes to the conditions surrounding red... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 3rd September
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd September
  • 11:49 News

Stories involving Tristram Hunt

Coalition's schools reforms 'inconclusive'

MPs will deliver an “inconclusive” verdict on the Government’s academy and free school policies, it has been reported.

The Guardian says the Education Committee will report on Wednesday that the programmes have had little effect.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the newspaper: “The progress that we made… is being undone by a government that is obsessed with a market ideology in education.”

A DfE source said that the claims were nonsense, and schools were improving.


Labour has slammed the Government after a new poll found that childcare costs are driving parents away from work. A survey by charity 4Children found that one in five parents having to pay for childcare were considering working fewer hours or giving up their job because of the costs. Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt said that under the Coalition, childcare costs had increased by 30% while wages were down. “Labour's plan for childcare will make work pay and boost the economy,” he said.


Hunt: Labour must attack Ukip head on

Labour must confront the threat from Ukip head on, Tristram Hunt has said.

In an interview with the Independent, the Shadow Education Secretary warned that Labour must not pander to or ignore the Eurosceptic party, despite damaging headlines about them in recent months.

Ahead of a speech to the Fabian Society today, Mr Hunt described Ukip as a “real and very dangerous threat to prosperity for working people” and called on his own party to make the alternative case for Europe and open markets.

“Ukip identifies the tensions and anxieties of the British public. At this election, we will provide the answers,” he declared.

 


Labour threatens private schools' tax breaks

Labour is demanding that private schools do more to help children from state schools or risk losing tax breaks worth up to £700m over the next Parliament.

Writing in the Guardian today, Tristram Hunt suggested that business rate relief could be restricted unless independent schools tackle the “corrosive divide of privilege”, describing it as a “Berlin wall” in the education system.

The Shadow Education Secretary wrote: “Step up and play your part. Earn your keep.”

Speaking on the Today programme this morning he urged schools to share knowledge on matters such as university admissions and teaching practices.

He said: “These schools... could and should be doing more be doing more, because they receive very generous tax breaks - £140m a year."

Dr Hunt clashed on the programme with Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, warning him that independent schools shouldn’t behave like a “1970s trade union [thinking] everything is fine at our end, we don’t need any improvement”.

“And when we look at some of their interactions with the state sector it is frankly not good enough.

“And what the Labour party is saying is: ‘look, raise your game, you’ve got great skills and insights in some of these schools and they are not being shared effectively.”

But the plans were branded "class warfare" by Conservative MP Dominic Raab - a member of Parliament's Education Select Committee - who warned they could disproportionately hit smaller private schools.

"I don't think this plan is going to do much other than appeal to grassroots Labour supporters from a class warfare point of view," he told BBC News.

"If you look at the impact, it's fine to put these additional responsibilities on big, rich, well-endowed public schools like Winchester or Harrow, but what about the smaller, independent schools, with lower fees, servicing basically an aspirational middle class background set of families? I think those are the ones that would really struggle and go out of business."

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said that enhanced collaboration between private and state schools was already being pursued under the Coalition.

“It is the Government’s policy for independent schools to work with schools in the state sector already,” he said.