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Photo – Emily Speaking at Nonsuch Hustings

Photo – Emily Speaking at Nonsuch Hustings

Speaking at last night’s hustings held at Nonsuch High School for Girls which was organised by The Sutton Guardian, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers called for ‘fairer education for all’. Presenting a comprehensive set of proposals on education to be implemented by a Labour Government, Ms Brothers said:
“Only Labour will tackle Tuition Fees, reducing them from £9,000 to £6,000 - avoiding a £281 Billion debt by 2030. We will transform vocational education in our schools and colleges, with a new gold standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to 19-year-olds, with qualifications accredited by employers, high quality work placements and Technical Degrees that will drive up standards.
“Hardworking families in Sutton tell me about the negative impact on their children arising from Tory and Lib Dem austerity. That’s why I’m opposing the closure of local Children Centres, backing Labour’s proposals to fund 25 hours a week of childcare for all 3 and 4 year-olds and seeking to close the attainment gap in school results.”
In response to Angus Dalgleish, UKIP, calling for more Grammar Schools, Ms Brothers was scathing:
“UKIP continually talk about withdrawing from Europe, but have absolutely nothing sensible to say about local issues. Calling for more Grammar Schools to sort out Sutton’s school places crisis is ridiculous, when around three quarters of pupils at existing grammar schools come from outside the borough. More Grammar Schools are hardly likely to have a different balance, despite the talent that we clearly have in Sutton’s state schools.
Explaining her passion about education, Emily Brothers told the Nonsuch audience about her battle as a disabled person to enter mainstream education at a time when young people were sent to segregated institutions. She said:
“That’s why I want ‘education for all’ - mainstream and inclusive. It was a struggle going through mainstream further education without the support of RNIB who in those days acted to protect their vested interests. Years later I joined RNIB and led their transformation of UK post-16 education and employment services to better help colleges to meet the learning needs of disabled students.”
There was general support from the panel for better sex and relationship education in response to a question from a Nonsuch student. Whilst Emily Brothers was speaking about her personal experience as an isolated teenager not understanding her gender identity and sexuality, Ms Brothers’ own Leader spoke about her ‘coming out’ on the BBC 3 ‘Free speech’ debate with 16 to 34 year-olds.

BBC 3 – Free Speech Debate, 8 pm on Thursday 12 March 2015:
Question – “You speak about representation. Stonewall has recently made it trans inclusive. How do you think you’ll make Parliament more LGBT+ representative?”
Ed Miliband – “We’ve got a candidate Emily Brothers who is an incredibly brave woman who has come out, who has had the most vile criticism made of her. I think there is a big job to do if we are talking about representation to reach out to people from the LGBT community. Now we have a number of openly gay candidates standing in this election. We’ve got a brilliant trailblazer in Angela Eagle, you probably know about who’s been in Parliament for 21 years, the first MP to come out as a lesbian, but if we are thinking about the country and how we change the country and Parliament so it looks like the country it seeks to serve, I agree with you, there is still a lot of work to be done in relation to that.”

Photo – Emily at Door to Nonsuch High School
Photo – Emily at Door to Nonsuch High School


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