Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

In the first day back of 2017 the House of Lords have defeated the Government (248-221) over an amendment to the Higher Education Bill which sets out the role and purpose of universities in our society. Following the government defeat, Sue Garden, Liberal Democrat Higher Education Spokesperson in the Lords, said: “The Higher Education Bill […]

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Lord Storey, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson in the House of Lords, has forced the Government to back down from calling a vote to defend their recent changes to the school census. Lord Storey tabled a regret motion against the changes, introduced this year, which will require parents or teachers to submit information on whether children […]

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Commenting on changes to the schools’ census that require schools to ask for the nationality and the country of birth of pupils, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: “It is disgusting that the Department of Education is asking for schools to send out questionnaires asking for children’s place of birth. It is unnecessary, divisive and […]

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Kirsty Williams speech to Liberal Democrat Conference

by Steve Beasant on 18 September, 2016

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams will launch an attack on grammar schools in a speech to Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon, insisting they will not be introduced under her watch in Wales. She also announced plans to double the early years pupil premium. Full text of Kirsty Williams‘ speech below: *check against delivery* […]

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Erasmus must be protected from Brexit

by Steve Beasant on 18 September, 2016

Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU’s Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said. The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was […]

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Responding to Theresa May’s plans for a wave of new grammar schools, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “If the Conservatives care about our children’s education they should reverse their cuts to school budgets. We need to improve all schools not just let some become grammars. Too many pupils are let down by a divisive system […]

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Hannah’s Erasmus Story

by Steve Beasant on 8 September, 2016

Hannah’s erasmus experience gave her the skills, confidence and experience she needed to succeed. Read her story and find out why we must save Erasmus: This article was written by Hannah Bettsworth, and was published on 31st August on the Liberal Democrats Website.  I went to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain for my Erasmus […]

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The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities. Alistair Carmichael, the party’s Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government’s fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain’s economy and the university sector. Long-term immigration to the UK for all immigrants for study has dropped […]

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Figures uncovered by Tim Farron and revealed in the Daily Telegraph show that 95 school playing fields have been sold between the Games in August 2012 and the end of 2015, at a rate of two playing fields a month. Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats which uncovered the figures through Parliamentary Answers, said: “These figures clearly […]

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The Mirror reports that Theresa May is poised to scrap a ban on new selective schools being set up. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said he was “utterly opposed” to bringing back grammar schools. “Grammar schools segregate children. “By 11, when children typically sit the test for grammar schools, only three quarters of the poorest […]

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