Heidi Alexander

Lewisham East

Labour

AQA has taken a unilateral decision to scrap the A-level in Polish from 2018. Are you going to lobby the AQA to reverse their decision? If yes, are there any other actions which you would undertake in order to preserve the Polish A-level?!

Yes. I believe language learning plays an important part in education generally, both in terms of communicating effectively internationally, and in terms of developing skills which aid learning in other areas. I oppose AQA’s decision to drop A-Level Polish from the list of subjects they offer and if re-elected I would be happy to lobby them and education ministers about this matter.

Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War. Would you support a ban on British media falsely labelling the German concentration and death camps as being “Polish” e.g. Polish ghetto, death camps of Poland, or, Poland’s Auschwitz?

I think that there are many occasions where parts of the British press take a depressingly simplistic and misleading approach to important subjects. I am not however in favour of banning them from doing so: freedom of expression, including in the press, is a fundamental part of our democratic society, however much one may disagree the views that some people express. I think a much better way to address this issue is to highlight it when it arises, condemn it, and challenge those who express themselves in this way to explain why they think it is acceptable.

Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?

yes

In the event of Brexit, would you support granting an unconditional Indefinite Leave To Remain to the EU citizens who have lived and worked in Britain under the freedom of movement rules?

Yes – although I would do everything in my power to prevent Britain leaving the EU and so hope the need for this never comes to pass

If you were to be elected to the Parliament, would you join and support the activities of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland?

yes


Questions were sent out before the elections.