Fiona Mactaggart

Slough

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?!

I have already lobbied AQA to reverse their decision. As well as this, I raised the issue in Parliament but Ministers chose not to take action. Following lobbying from me and others the Labour Shadow Education Minister has committed to preserve the A level qualifications for foreign languages including Polish.

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 the most effective way to make clear that death camps were not “Polish” is through education. It’s a better tool against misinformation that legislation

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

Yes. The Polish population has contributed positively to our town and the UK as a whole. Here in slough we were proud to host people from Poland who flew aircraft for Britain in the Second World War. Recent arrivals  from European countries have been targeted by groups that want to create divisions within our country and this is wrong. I will carry on standing up against this and reminding people of the positive impact migrants have had to the UK.

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. If Britain was the leave the EU, it would be completely wrong to make those that have settled here with families to go back. I continue to support the UK’s membership of the EU which is the source of many good jobs here in Slough.

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. I will continue to support the work of the APPG on Poland if I am re-elected.


Questions were sent out before the elections.