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Keir Starmer has to abandon Corbyn’s promise on student fees |...

As he makes his first leader’s speech in the unusual context of an online Labour party conference, Keir Starmer’s position is rock solid. Since his election, the party has pulled almost level with the Conservatives in the polls, and more Britons think he would make a better prime minister than Boris Johnson. He has had…

Keir Starmer requires end to ‘scandal’ of spiralling trainee financial obligation

Keir Starmer would keep Labour’s policy of scrapping student tuition fees if he became the party’s leader, he has announced, in a fresh attempt to demonstrate he would not ditch Corbynism wholesale. The pledge to abolish the £9,000 annual fees was one of the most eye-catching policies in Labour’s manifesto for the 2017 general election,…

Middle-aged individuals are the brand-new swing citizens|Torsten Bell

An election is coming. You may have noticed. The early phase of any campaign is the contest about what the election will actually be about – where the battle lines will lie. If you’re gunning for the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats you probably want it to be all about Brexit; if you’re backing Labour, probably…

John McDonnell backs ‘Eliminate Eton’ dispute at Labour conference

The shadow chancellor is to throw his weight behind an “Abolish Eton” debate at the Labour party conference this weekend, as he declares that “private schools don’t need to exist” in an equal society. John McDonnell said he supported a motion put forward by the campaign group Labour Against Private Schools calling for independent schools…

Labour votes to ditch trainee wing ahead of celebration conference

The founder of Momentum, a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, has succeeded in a bid to make the party effectively abolish its 40-year-old student wing, which is dominated by the more centrist side of the party. Jon Lansman won the backing of Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) for a motion that argued Labour Students…

George Orwell was right, independent schools bar moves towards a fairer...

I couldn’t agree more with Melissa Benn that the private school system is “morally rotten” and the moment for its demise is, or could, be close (Education, 10 September). I emphasise “could” as this is hardly a new phenomenon or issue. George Orwell in The Lion and the Unicorn recognised clearly how private education stood…

Trainees, this is your opportunity to get Boris Johnson and the...

British politics may feel like it’s in flux – with parliament prorogued and a Brexit deadline looming – but one thing is clear: a general election is coming. Parliament is paralysed and the Conservatives no longer have a majority. And the campaign is already in full flow. From spurious spending reviews to choreographed speeches with…

Momentum launches digital tool to assist trainees sign up to vote

Momentum is launching a new digital tool for students to decide whether to vote at university or at home in an effort to drive up the Labour vote in marginal seas. Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat – home to students of Brunel University London – will be targeted by the campaign group who…

Predicted grades are a lotto and work versus the poorest trainees....

Along with never having got round to writing down our constitution and having a monarch who legally owns all the swans, one of the things that makes the UK a bit of an outlier is our university admissions system. In other developed nations, university places are awarded to students on the basis of the grades…

Labour will ditch forecasted grades to make university admissions fairer|Angela Rayner

Hundreds of thousands of students will receive their A-level results on Thursday. It is the end product of two years of hard work, and many will be hoping it is also the start of their next educational journey. Unfortunately, not all of them will have a fair chance to take that next step. Our higher…

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