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Tristram Hunt: Education Secretaries can send their kids private

23 April 2015

4:17 PM

23 April 2015

4:17 PM

In the Daily Politics education debate just now on the BBC, Tristram Hunt declared that it was acceptable for an Education Secretary to send their own child to private school. Under questioning from Andrew Neil, Hunt said that it was fine in ‘certain circumstances.’ The other members of the panel—including Nicky Morgan and David Laws—then agreed with Hunt’s statement.

Hunt’s remarks are politically brave. Those on the hard left will take issue with his statement as they did with Ruth Kelly, who was one of the Blair’s education secretaries, when she chose to send her son to a private school.

Hunt also made news with his declaration that he would fire any ‘unqualified teacher’ who was not qualified or taking a qualification by 2020. Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ obsession with Qualified Teacher Status really is quite odd, surely what matters is how good a teacher someone is?

The Liberal Democrats are trying to make education one of their big selling points at this election. But in this debate, Morgan and Hunt hugged Laws close with them both committing to keep the pupil premium in the next parliament.


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