Henry Smith

Crawley

Conservative

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?

They are an independent examination body but I would be more than happy to contact AQA on your behalf. Please let me know if you would like me to do so, and if you have been affected by this decision personally. I think it important that a range of language qualifications are available.

Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War and the Polish army contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Would you therefore challenge some of the 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?

Poland and the UK were indeed important Second World War allies. The British media is of course editorially independent of the Government, however it is important that they are accurate in their reporting and fair

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

The historic links of Polish people to the UK I believe should be celebrated.

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?

If the UK left the EU my understanding is that this would not affect those foreign nationals already living here.

Would you consider joining the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland and finding out about its activities and initiatives?

Yes.


Questions were sent out after the elections.