Labour Education Manifesto Promises:
Open Letter to Angela Rayner
Remain Labour, members of Labour Students and For our Future's Sake have written an “Open Letter” to Angela Rayner expressing concern for the future of the transformative education policies promised in the 2017 manifesto.
Angela Rayner MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
House of Commons
We are writing to voice our concerns that if Brexit becomes reality, a future Labour government will be unable to implement your much-needed education policy reforms. We are seeking a written assurance that you will personally support a People’s Vote in parliament and work to convince all Labour MPs to do the same.
Labour needs £25bn to pay for its National Education Service and Early Years reforms set out in the 2017 manifesto. At the same time, the cost of Labour’s ‘alternative Brexit plan’ is £24 billion per year to the economy*.
Funding Britain’s Future**, the document which accompanied Labour’s 2017 manifesto, detailed the spending commitments on all policies, the funding required for Labour’s education commitments is as follows:
Schools: increasing funding, including protection against losses from the new funding formula, free school meals and arts pupil premium £6.3bn
Skills: introducing free FE tuition, equalising 16-19 funding and restoring EMA £2.5bn
Childcare and early years including more money for Sure Start £5.3bn
Removing university tuition fees and restoring maintenance grants £11.2bn
Students and young people voted in huge numbers for Labour in 2017 and they voted for this programme.
Despite party policy now being to support a People’s Vote, we are very concerned that a number of Labour MPs are still talking about an alternative ‘Labour Brexit’ and others saying they will vote for the Prime Minister’s deal.
Brexit in any form will devastate your plans for education reform. Young people will continue to lose out. The only way to stand by your reforms is for you to publicly support a People’s Vote and call on all your colleagues to do the same.
We hope you agree that Labour simply cannot let young people down like the Liberal Democrats did in coalition. If Labour goes back on its education commitments, it risks being severely punished at the ballot box.
Brexit in any form will damage all of our public services, cost jobs and hit hardest those who have least. On behalf of young people and Labour supporters across the country, we hope and expect you will be vocal in your support for a People’s Vote.
Yours in solidarity,
Andrew Lewin – Founder, Remain Labour
Jason Arthur – Co-Founder, For our Future’s Sake
Sarah Jane Smith – Labour Students Vice Chair (Events and Communications)
Eda Cazimoglu – Labour Students International Officer
Terence Smith - Labour Students Disability Officer
Jack Galea - Labour Students BAME Officer
Dan Bewley – Labour Students National Policy Forum Representative
Harry Picken - Labour Students Regional Coordinator, North West
Scarlet Conway - Labour Students Policy Committee
Ellie James – Labour Students Regional Coordinator, Yorkshire and the Humber
Elsie Greenwood - Edinburgh Labour Students
Kira Millana Lewis - Kings College London Labour Students
Jamie Dickinson - Northumbria Labour Students
Eluned Anderson - Liverpool Labour Students
Abi Lockwood - Hull Labour Students
Thom Chapman – De Montford University Labour Students
Cameron Clack – De Montford University Labour Students
Tom Ward – De Montford University Labour Students
Chris Bhim – Leeds Labour Students BAME Officer