Gavin Shuker

Luton South


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 wholeheartedly agree with you – Britain’s future success relies on being an outward looking nation. Losing languages from our curriculum will limit our place in the world and I can assure you that a future Labour government will save the crucial Polish language qualifications you have mentioned. This is in stark contrast to Tory’s dismissal of the “small numbers” of people undertaking these important qualifications and their refusal to commit to saving the Polish A-level.

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 also agree with you that a diverse, open and accountable media is crucial – and the accurate reporting of atrocities such as the holocaust must be maintained within the British media. On a wider note, as you may already be aware, the Labour Party remains strongly committed to the implementation of the recommendations of the Leveson inquiry. We expect the industry to establish a mechanism for independent self-regulation, which delivers proper redress for individuals, as set out in the Royal Charter, and agreed by all parties in Parliament.

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

I fully agree with you that Polish communities here in Luton make an extremely valuable contribution to our society.

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?

With regards to Britain’s exit from the EU, I can assure you that Labour believes that our membership of the European Union is central to our prosperity and security. And that we remain deeply opposed to the views of UKIP and other right-wing parties, who want to send immigrants back to the eastern European countries they come from. I fully agree with you that Polish communities here in Luton make an extremely valuable contribution to our society.

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

Finally, as you may already be aware, in the last parliament as well as being the Labour MP for Luton South, I was also asked to be a Labour frontbench spokesperson for International Development. If I am re-elected (and if I am re-appointed to this role), I am afraid I simply will not have the capacity to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland. However, I can assure you that I will continue to follow their work with interest.

Questions were sent out before the elections.