Victoria Prentis



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 am a linguist and a great advocate of multi-lingualism.  I was delighted to read that the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan will be fighting this matter, and if I am fortunate to be elected I will ensure I represent the views of those who live in my constituency – which means raising such points.  I’ve linked below the article I saw on the BBC regarding Nicky Morgan’s comments:

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?

In relation to the media.  I am proud that we have freedom of the press in the UK and would not be keen to start placing restrictions on our press.

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

I say OF COURSE.  If I am fortunate to become MP I will represent the views of all in my constituency.  As a country, I think it is important that we represent the views of all of those who make it great.  That of course includes those of Polish nationality and heritage.

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 cannot answer in too much detail.  I am confident that our Prime Minister can negotiate a strong deal in the EU, and if after a referendum the British public choose to leave the EU, it will be vital that all of the details are given due attention.  I’m keen on detail, so will look at those points moving forward. I anticipate this will be a case by case matter, but as I say until we know the details I am not sure we can comment further.

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

if I am elected I will give consideration to joining the APPG.  I’ve mentioned that there is a thriving Polish population within this constituency, and it is important for an MP to be able to best represent all of their constituents.  Joining this group may give me some more details that could prove helpful to those living in North Oxfordshire.

Questions were sent out before the elections.