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  • 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

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

  • 17:09 Story (16 links): Labour threatens private schools' tax breaks

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    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.

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  • 17:01 In Brief Events

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    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

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    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
  • 12:40 Tristram Hunt: Lord Freud's comments on disabled people's minimum wage are ugly On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | Daily Politics, BBC 2 Video Tristram Hunt MP

      Tristram Hunt said Lord Freud’s comments that disabled people were ‘not worth’ the minimum wage were “ugly”. “He’s floating these ideas. So we need to know whether the welfare reform minister thinks disabled people are, quote, ‘not ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 9th October
  • 17:33 Labour - Ofsted’s decision reveals Cameron’s failure to act Press Release

    17:33| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Minister, responding to the news that Ofsted will not introduce the routine "no-notice" inspections of schools which have been backed by David Cameron said: “The ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 1st October
  • 12:50 Transcript: David Cameron speech to 2014 Conservative Party Conference Transcripts

    David Cameron speech to 2014 Conservative Party Conference Transcripts

      I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom.   I was always clear about why we called that referendum.   Duck the fight – and our union could have been taken apart bit by bit. ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 15:30 Morgan approves 35 new free schools PoliticsHome News

    Morgan approves 35 new free schools PoliticsHome News

    Nicky Morgan has given the go-ahead to 35 new free schools. Speaking at the Conservative party conference, the Education Secretary vowed to continue the "schools revolution" begun by her predecessor Michael Gove, and said: "Today I am... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 25th September
  • 15:42 Tristram Hunt: Unqualified teachers may be connected to classroom disruption On air

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

    Tristram Hunt suggested that the number of unqualified teachers was related to disruption in the classroom, which Ofsted warned was costing up to an hour of teaching time each day. “We’re seeing more and more unqualified teachers in Engl... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 22:55 Tristram Hunt: Cameron's house party not the way to settle constitution On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | Newnsight, BBC Two Video Tristram Hunt MP

    He denied that Parliament already had two-tier MPs, and hit out at David Cameron's "house party" gathering of Tory MPs to discuss devolution. "Every MP can vote on what is in front of them in the House of Commons. We have a situation whe... Continue to article

  • 00:12 Conor Burns: Labour are sticking their fingers in their ears over English devolution On air

    On Air | Ed Miliband MP | Labour party leader | BBC Westminster Hour Video Ed Miliband MP

    Conor Burns said Labour MPs were "putting their fingers in their ears" over the issue of English votes for English laws. "I think what we’re seeing, which worries a lot of us, Ed Miliband and the Labour Party, is the determination to eng... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 21st September
  • 17:28 Isabel Hardman blog: Tristram Hunt sweet talks party faithful with newsless Labourconference speech News

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    Tristram Hunt’s speech to the Labour conference was short and sweet. It was laden with sweeteners for party delegates, which is as things should be at these events. Continue to article

  • 15:38 Hunt: Schools succeed better together PoliticsHome News

    Hunt: Schools succeed better together PoliticsHome News

    A Labour government would implement a nationwide version of the London Challenge policy of school collaboration, the Shadow Education Secretary has announced. Speaking at the party's conference in Manchester, Tristram Hunt said while the... Continue to article

  • 15:15 Labour: Speech by Tristram Hunt MP to Labour Party Conference 2014 in Manchester Press Release

    15:15| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Tristram Hunt MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, in a speech to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Conference, it is a pleasure to meet in Manchester, a city that has always valued th... Continue to article

  • 13:32 Tristram Hunt: No quick fix to English question On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4 Video Tristram Hunt MP

    Tristram Hunt argued that the question over the powers for English MPs could not be sorted out by a “quick fix”. “To say that the English question could, as it were, be resolved with just a four-month committee led by William Hague seems... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
  • 13:30 Tristram Hunt: Separation could have dramatic consequences On air

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

    Tristram Hunt said he did not believe in the notion of Team Westminster vs. Team Scotland, and thought that separation would have "dramatic consequences". "I think what’s so exciting is that you’ve seen this outpouring of admiration, res... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 3rd September
  • 17:04 Morgan denies compulsory school setting claims House of Commons

    Morgan denies compulsory school setting claims House of Commons

    The Education Secretary has denied reports that she plans to force schools to separate pupils by ability. It was reported this afternoon that Nicky Morgan will unveil proposals to enforce setting in England's schools following approval f... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd September
  • 11:49 Tristram Hunt: Labour has moved swiftly against those in charge during Rotherham child abuse scandal On air

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

    Tristram Hunt said the announcement that four people had been suspended from Labour in the wake of the Rotherham child abuse scandal proved that the party had “moved swiftly” to address the problems. “We’ve had a week to look at Professo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
  • 17:25 In Brief Events

    17:25 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron hosts the second day of the meeting of alliance counterparts at the NATO summit. Foreign secretary Phillip Hammond and defence secretary Michael Fallon also attend Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt spe... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 28th August
  • 00:01 Labour: Tristram Hunt response to the publication of the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Labour press release Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the publication of the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, said: “David Cameron is failing on social mobility – he and h... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 27th August
  • 00:01 Labour: Netmums report on school class sizes - response from Tristram Hunt MP Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Labour press release Tristram Hunt MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the Netmums report on class sizes, said: "David Cameron made a commitment to parents, of smaller schools and smaller class sizes. "But the numbe... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 26th August
  • 07:00 Labour has long called for compulsory sex education and Lib Dems have voted against it Press Release

    07:00| Press Release

    Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the expected Liberal Democrat announcement that sex education will be made compulsory in all state schools, said:   “Labour has long called for the compulsory introd... Continue to article

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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.