Mark Durkan

Foyle

Social Democratic & Labour Party

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?!

I would join with other MPs in pressing AQA to reverse their decision on A Level Polish.  That would include supporting relevant efforts and motions from the APPG.

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 understand your sense of grievance about the British media mislabelling some of World War Two’s dark experiences.  As an Irish person, I know just how lazy and/or loaded such historical “shorthand” in the British media can be.  However, as a legislator I cannot offer a “ban” as the answer to such references.

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

I have a strong record of celebrating the contribution of EU and other migrants, not least Polish people, to our economy.  It is important that Polish people living and working here are not only recognised for their economic performance but cherished as valuable member s of a more diverse community and supported as families.

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?

I have a strong record of celebrating the contribution of EU and other migrants, not least Polish people, to our economy.  It is important that Polish people living and working here are not only recognised for their economic performance but cherished as valuable member s of a more diverse community and supported as families.

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

I have been an active member of many APPGs.  Due to commitments and demands I have not joined any focused on other EU Member States.  Given the questions being raised about the number and role of APPG’s I would not wish to make a commitment which might only translate into “paper” membership.


Questions were sent out before the elections.