Category Archives: Education

The Blair Government invested heavily in early years education and the Cameron Government began well by promising to retain childrens centres. That has become one more piece of this Governments hyperbole at best. The truth was that Blairs reforms did not go far enough and now the ground is being moved from under our childrens feet. No stone should be left unturned as we protect the future of our next generation.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill – Amendment 82 is vital


Two weeks ago towards the end of the Parliamentary activities for this Summer there was a debate taking place in the House of Lords on the various amendments for the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. It is clearly important for … Continue reading

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British Sign Language needs a public response


On Monday there was a response from Nick Gibb to a written question set out by Daisy Cooper who is the Liberal Democratic Education spokesperson. The question related to British Sign Language (BSL) in education settings. Although that question did … Continue reading

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Some Sussex MPs support Water Safety and Foreign Aid


Last Monday there was a Parliamentary debate which responded to a public petition that called for improved education to protect children in water settings. A few of the opening words from Catherine Mckinnell, the MP from Newcastle expressed very clearly … Continue reading

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Local Skills Improvement Trailblazer for Sussex


Yesterday in the House of Lords, a Government Minister who I happen to have worked with on several occasions made a statement that was part of a debate on amendment 8 as part of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. … Continue reading

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A very important debate this afternoon with local connections


This afternoon there will be a discussion in Westminster regarding the tragic death of a young man called Dylan Ramsay who drowned in a quarry on the 3rd July 2011. Dylan was swimming with two friends near his home. According … Continue reading

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Two Sussex MPs take part in Black Lives Matter debate


Monday is a great day to reflect on what MPs and Councillors have done in the previous week as well as to call for them to work together to improve our situations in the future. It is of course much … Continue reading

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Teaching Britain’s colonial past in UK’s curriculum


This evening there will be a debate in Parliament based on a petition which received nearly 270,000 signatures until its closure in early December 2020. The MP who is organising the debate is Chris Evans, the MP for Islwyn. The … Continue reading

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Following Sussex Day, our MPs have some challenges


Many of us enjoy living or working in Sussex and so it is fantastic that a few years ago Ian Steedman in Worthing followed by Martin Ellis in Crowborough set out to re-establish the Sussex day celebration. The day has … Continue reading

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The Government needs to realise all people matter


It is always fascinating when one reads the text from Parliament and finds a radical and strong argument being made by people who one might not expect would challenge their own political party based Government. That said it is very … Continue reading

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Can Vicky Ford read Kevan Collins resignation letter?


Last Wednesday in the House of Commons, the opposition day began with this piece that was set out by Kate Green who is the Labour Shadow Education Minister and the title of the debate was “Investing in Children and Young … Continue reading

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