Putting Our Futures First: Reverse the Decision to Leave Erasmus+

The Young Liberals, the youth and student wing of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a cross-party campaign for the UK to remain a member of the Erasmus+ scheme. The scheme allows students to study in participating universities around the EU. Boris Johnson pledged that “there [was] no threat to the Erasmus scheme” on 15th January … Continue reading Putting Our Futures First: Reverse the Decision to Leave Erasmus+

Exams: Williamson has failed to show leadership

  Responding to the announcement that A level and GCSE results are to be decided by teachers, Daisy Cooper MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, commented: "Parents, teachers and pupils have been left in limbo for months because the Government has dithered and delayed about how to carry out assessments this year. Liberal Democrats led … Continue reading Exams: Williamson has failed to show leadership

UCAS response: Govt must step up on student mental health

  Responding to today's UCAS figures*, finding student application numbers rising, particularly in health courses, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Daisy Cooper MP, said: “Record numbers applying for health courses is a real sign of hope for Britain. Not only have younger people seen the extraordinary commitment of front-line workers during this pandemic, but they now … Continue reading UCAS response: Govt must step up on student mental health

PM’s claim “does not ring true” given Govt stance on free school meals

Responding to the Prime Minister's claim that the Conservative Government will "do everything in our power to make sure no child goes hungry this winter during the holidays", Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: "Boris Johnson's claim does not ring true given his hard-hearted refusal to u-turn on free school meals. "The idea that other measures … Continue reading PM’s claim “does not ring true” given Govt stance on free school meals

Tories must “wake up to reality” and do the right thing on Free School Meals

Responding to comments from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, speaking on today's Andrew Marr show, suggesting that the Government will not change its position on Free School Meals, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said:“Tory Ministers must stop defending the indefensible on free school meals. We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, … Continue reading Tories must “wake up to reality” and do the right thing on Free School Meals

Govt must follow Wales and guarantee free schools meals over holidays

Responding to the announcement that the Welsh Government has guaranteed free school meal provision for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2021, thanks to £11m confirmed today by Welsh  Education Minister Kirsty Williams, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:"This decision by Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams is wonderful news and will really ease … Continue reading Govt must follow Wales and guarantee free schools meals over holidays

SOUTH EAST MEP CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT DECISION TO SCRAP FUNDING FOR UK STUDENTS

Judith Bunting, MEP for South East England and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education in Europe, has condemned the UK government after it voted to end UK access to EU education and training funding after Brexit. New Clause 10 was an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill tabled by national Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Layla … Continue reading SOUTH EAST MEP CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT DECISION TO SCRAP FUNDING FOR UK STUDENTS

Judith Bunting – Speech in ITRE about European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

I speak here as Rapporteur for the CULT committee for the Strategic Innovation Agenda for the EIT, 2021 - 2027, so I come at this work from the education angle. However, given my interest in science, technology and industry, I also have ITRE ambitions in mind. My first concern is the level of ambition as … Continue reading Judith Bunting – Speech in ITRE about European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

SOUTH EAST MEP SUPPORTS AMBITIOUS £10,000 SKILLS WALLET PLEDGE

Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East and Spokesperson for Education in Europe, has given her backing to what the party has offered as its vision for a “new era of learning throughout life”. The concept entails the creation of an ambitious Skills Wallet. This will give every adult £10,000 to spend on … Continue reading SOUTH EAST MEP SUPPORTS AMBITIOUS £10,000 SKILLS WALLET PLEDGE