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?
In the last couple of weeks Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, has announced that the government intends to ensure that the Polish A level continues to be offered to students. I commend the current stance taken by the government although, if at some point in the future the A level is again under threat, I will certainly campaign for its protection. It is important that our country continues to be outward facing and part of this is ensuring that the next generation are able to communicate using a wide range of languages.
Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War and the Polish army contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Would you therefore challenge some of the 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 will challenge these labels wherever possible.
Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?
Certainly and I do so regularly for not just Polish, but all migrants. I am highly involved in these matters through my work on the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on migration. The APPG on migration aims to provide a forum where parliamentarians can discuss migration issues using well-evidenced reports and independent information. I firmly believe that the national debate on immigration must be shaped by evidence and not by prejudice.
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 will be campaigning actively to avoid Brexit in the hope that we don’t have to have these discussions. I strongly support Britain’s continued membership of the EU precisely because of the benefit that policies such as freedom of movement bring to our economy and the cultural diversity of the UK.
Would you consider joining the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland and finding out about its activities and initiatives?
Given the demands on my time I would find it difficult to be a member of the APPG on Migration and the APPG on Poland. However I hope that through my work with the APPG on migration we will be able to make some progress on the issues affecting the Polish community.
Questions were sent out after the elections.