Privately educated Labor MPs criticized for voting to abolish tax breaks for independent schools

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Privately educated Labor MPs have been accused of trying to “destabilize the sector that has given them the opportunity” to vote to abolish tax breaks for independent schools.

Labor lost in a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday on whether a new parliamentary committee should be formed to look into Labour’s policy of charging VAT on private school fees and abolishing the business fee exemption .

Private schools have warned that the policy would be onerous because of the number of students who could not afford a 20 percent increase in school fees, adding to the burden on the public sector.

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However, the motion was supported by a group of Labor MPs who have benefited from a private education.

They included Annelise Dodds, the Chairman of the Labor Party, who attended Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, John Healey, Shadow Secretary of Defense, who attended TBEN St Peter’s School, York, Louise Haigh, Shadow Transport Secretary, who attended TBEN Sheffield High School visited. , and Harriet Harman, former Leader of the Opposition, whose alma mater is St Paul’s Girls’ in West London.

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Other privately educated Labor MPs who voted in favor included Barry Gardiner who attended Haileybury in Hertfordshire, and Dame Meg Hillier who attended Portsmouth High School, an independent girls’ school.

Policy ‘would lead to closure of private schools’

Gillian Keegan, the education minister, told the House of Commons that 14 per cent of Labor MPs were privately educated, twice the national average, and said it would be interesting to see if those MPs voted to “destabilize the sector who take the opportunities they get”.

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She warned Labour’s policies would lead to the closure of private schools and a reduction in scholarships, which would increase pressure on the state-funded sector.

Labor has claimed its policy would raise £1.7bn a year, which could be invested in hiring 6,500 new teachers to relieve pressure on existing teachers and help solve the recruitment crisis.