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Labour conference to discuss motion calling for private schools to be nationalised

A MOTION calling for the “integration” of private schools into state education will be discussed at Labour conference this weekend.

Labour Against Private Schools organiser Holly Rigby, a state school teacher in east London, told BBC Radio 4 today that the motion will be discussed on Sunday.

It is supported by Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery as well as shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said that “private schools don’t need to exist in an equal society.”

Ms Rigby said that the campaign was set up by state school teachers who felt that the system was “fundamentally unjust” for state school pupils who “no matter how hard they work are statistically less likely to get a job in media, politics and law.”

She said: “Our society is still being run by a privately educated elite.

“It’s not about bulldozing Eton, it’s us saying that we want all private schools — not just Eton — to turn into state schools.”

Independent Schools Council chief executive Julie Robinson said on BBC Radio 4 that the proposal is an “ideological attack on a small group of really good schools” and would “penalise parents who exert the right to choose the education their children have.”

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