Tulip Siddiq

Hampstead and Kilburn

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?!

To address your first question, I think that we should teach a diversity of languages at GCSE and A-Level: this isn’t just socially-beneficial in terms of the good community relations they promote, but it also makes economic sense – we need people who are proficient in languages if we are to stand any chance of competing in the modern, global marketplace. I am sad to hear that AQA have pulled the teaching of A-Level polish, and you have my assurance that I will fight for them to reconsider this.

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 am also acutely aware of the outstanding contribution to the British war effort which the Polish people made. Poland’s sacrifice in the war was also tragic. We need to celebrate this historical legacy, and I would agree that any media mis-labelling of Poland’s wartime contribution is unacceptable. There is already a framework to address this, and any complaints on this should be directed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

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

There is also a clear need to promote and celebrate the positive contribution that Polish migrants make to our economy. Migrants are net contributors to our economy and pay out more in taxes than they take in benefits. They are sixty percent less likely to claim benefits, and half as likely to commit a crime. We need to emphasise this.

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?

As regards the EU, I would like to emphasise that I am fully in support of Britain’s membership. In the event of a referendum on Brexit, my first priority would be to campaign to keep Britain in. I would campaign tirelessly to secure this so that all EU citizens can enjoy the benefits that free movement brings.

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, I will certainly support the activities of the APPG on Poland should I be elected on 7th May. I will be sure to follow their actions closely. This is because I know how important it is – especially in such politically-charged times – to promote integration and celebrate the contribution that migrants make.


Questions were sent out before the elections.