Harlow Labour’s Laura McAlpine slams Robert Halfon on voting record
Education: Secondary / Sun 14th Jul 2019 am31 07:28am
LAURA McAlpine Labour Parliamentary candidate for Harlow, commenting on a speech on the importance of lifelong learning made by the Conservative MP for Harlow Robert Halfon, who is also Chair of the Education Select Committee to the Centre for Social Justice on 10 July 2019 said:
“According to Harlow Tory MP Robert Halfon: “poor access to lifelong learning” is a “glaring social injustice trapping millions of workers in low paid jobs” but what has he actually done about it?
“According to his voting record in Parliament Robert Halfon has voted:
· For every welfare benefit cut, including in-work benefits for hard working low-income families;
· To axe Education Maintenance Grant which specifically helped 16 to 18 year olds from lower income families stay in education
· To treble students’ tuition fees to £9,000 per year increase university tuition fees.
“That’s the kind of voting record of someone who’s been part of the problem, not the solution!
“His rhetoric doesn’t match his actions – put simply Robert Halfon is a hypocrite. When push comes to shove, he will always look after the privileged, which will always hold the rest of us back!
“We’ve seen what nine years of the Tories and poorly resourced education can do – “trap millions of workers in low paid jobs”, that’s why we need a general election and a Labour Government.
“As your Labour candidate, I’m standing for a National Education Service, with a genuine commitment to lifelong learning and tackle our skills shortages.
“I will work from day one to ensure our schools, college’s universities and Further Education establishments are properly resourced; support the introduction Education Maintenance Grants for young people and to provide people with genuine opportunities to retrain and reskill throughout their working lives”.
From day one ! How long has this candidate been hiding behind the scenes, and popping up now and again when some-body deigns to write her a speech to utter, for anybody who cares to listen. All she ever quotes, usually, is a direct contradiction to to anything that has to do with this government. How about she starts berating the unions who are constantly causing chaos and confusion for the travelling, paying public. Train drivers earning over £100 k a year, or perhaps she has views of her own about the rampant racism issues plaguing the mis-guided Momentum group ? The woman is a phoney, and, if she thinks that the people of Harlow aren't aware of her lack of grasp of issues to-day, she's in for a shock.
Poor old Peter Lamb's got more time on his hands these days. How's your gold swing, Peter!!
Hi Micky "Train drivers earning over £100 k a year" Once again you are spouting your own presumptions again. According to Glassdoor, the average train driver salary is £53K. The highest salary is £63K. This falls far short of your presumption of £100K. Your factually incorrect presumption is meaningless anyway, it does nothing to justify the voting record of Robert Halfon.
Here she goes again. Firstly, tuition fees were initially brought in under a labour govt and increased after implementation for the first time under a labour government. I know this as I was the first year through it. As well as messing about with a levels making them AS levels, which was a disaster in the first year. Then the policy of making more people go to university which has flooded the employment market with too many people with degrees for the jobs that require them leaving a load of people over qualified with little hope of getting employment. All labour govt problems. Now I’m not saying that the conservatives have done great in this area, as there are a lot of people in insecure employment...but at least it is employment. So Laura, to undo most of the wrongdoing that was started with your government...this is the big question, how is all this going to be paid for? Increasing taxes on those who have had to go through this is just a double hit on them and doesn’t really fix the problem for the many
yet again selective plagiarism from saucy kt. My figures are taken from the rail companies, not a selective spoutist commie rag. If Mrs A......i can spout off on whatever, you seek to debar anyone else from joining in, classic old labour move. What does As I've said, boringly often, this so called parliamentary candidate is clueless, a protege of the quite rich and well presented, but not connected, B Hawksbee. I wonder why ? Mrs A.....i has no known personal opinions about anything, actually, as J H comments, " how does she hope to finance her grandiose schemes " ? Answers on a post-card to the House of Fun please.