Sarah Wollaston

Totnes

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?

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me and as someone with my own, albeit several generations past, Polish roots I was pleased to hear of your interest in this issue.

I understand your concern about the exam board AQA ceasing to offer Polish as an A-Level by 2018, I understand you would like me to lobby to get this decision reversed.  I understand this was in part because the number of people taking the A-Level was very low. I will however pass your concerns to the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan MP.

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 appreciate your feeling that the British media should better clarify what they mean when they write about the Holocaust and not use terms such as ‘Polish concentration camps’ when what they mean is camps in Poland run by the Nazis. I would be cautious of calling for a ban on the media using such terms as I believe strongly in a free press but agree that the blame should always be clearly laid at the door of nazism.

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

I can say with certainty that I support the promotion of information concerning the benefits that immigrants bring to the UK, polish or otherwise.  I am constantly trying to convey to people the fact that immigrants are net contributors to our country and valuable assets. I have also written in the Guardian, as someone with Polish Jewish roots, of the consequences of stirring up hatreds and of scapegoating.

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?

I think it unlikely that Britain will vote for a Brexit but do believe a renegotiation of our terms of membership is long overdue and for a negotiation to have teeth, it needs to be clear that there is  a possibility that people could decide to vote to leave.


Questions were sent out after the elections.