Sutton and Cheam
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?!
As far as I understand, the main concern that AQA has about A-levels in Polish is the small numbers of students which means that they are concerned that they may not be able to recruit enough competent examiners. I would be happy to follow this up if elected to see what more might be done. The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has announced a future Conservative Government would guarantee the future of GCSEs and A Levels in minority languages and is working with exam boards to ensure this happens. If an agreement is not reached with the exam boards, a future Conservative Government would launch an immediate consultation on how best to secure the future of these language qualifications
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 can’t say that I have picked up on the media pinning blame on the Poles for the concentration camps located in their country during the Second World War. This would be wrong. I can fully understand the concern of close association merely through having such terrible camps being located in Poland. Slanting history in that way, as well as casting a slur on Poland will lead to the wrong lessons being learnt by younger generations.
Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?
It is important that when discussing immigration issues we concentrate on the policies for achieving balance and sensible migration management, not demonising anyone who wants to grab opportunities afforded by the UK, support their families and make a positive contribution to their adopted communities. I know many Polish people in Sutton who work hard and enjoy playing their part in making our borough a great place to live.
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?
One of the main reasons that I believe that the referendum by the end of 2017 is so important is that this gives us time to have a meaningful debate on our future relationship with the EU and look at the detail of what would happen should we leave. It would not be right to expect people that have settled and established themselves in the UK to uproot and return to Poland or any other EU country, though we would need to look at setting a date of residence to avoid a rush of movement to try to beat an arbitrary deadline set by government.
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 would certainly support the aims of any group including the All-Party Parliamentary Group, promoting a positive relationship with Poland and Polish people within the UK. However I won’t commit myself at this stage to joining as I do not know the constraints on my time if elected at this stage.
Questions were sent out before the elections.