Gary Streeter

South West Devon

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?

I agree that it is a shame to have the Polish A Level removed from the options young people can take. It does reflect poorly on the exam board.

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?

I also agree that the use of the expression “Polish death camps” and associated terms not only has unfair connotations but is inaccurate. I will endeavour to add my voice of reproach as and when I see this appearing in the media or Public Square.

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

Thank you for your email in support of the excellent contribution the Polish have made to British culture, society and the economy both historically and the present day.

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?

The outcome of the In-Out Referendum in 2017 will have a significant impact on many EU citizens resident in the UK. The effects of an ‘out’ result would not be immediate; there would substantial time before final arrangements are made. Those who have arrived fairly and become part of British life through their work and contributions should be able to stay. I will indeed work towards any exit from the European Union being governed by firm rules to treat people with humanity and justice.

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

I will look into the APPG on Poland, and keep a keen eye on any events or initiatives I hear about from them.


Questions were sent out after the elections.