Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Education Pledges

It’s somewhat ironic to hear Ed Balls banging on about a “class war.” We just need to look at the stark facts, after twelve years of Labour Government; we have an education system where there is an enormous gulf in achievement between independent schools and state run schools. It is Conservatives who want to close the educational gap between the fortunate few and everyone else. I have really strong views on this gap because I have seen both sides. I was educated at the local comprehensive until the age of 16 and then went to a Girls Public Day School Trust School from the age of 16 to 18. Also, working in the city I am alongside Eton and Harrow old boys and senior executives who barely scraped a CSE at their Secondary Modern School.

Michael Gove, Shadow Minister for Education, has outlined plans to improve the quality of teaching, give heads proper powers to crack down on bad behaviour and allow educational providers to open a new generation of independently run state schools. Only then can we reverse the widening gap which currently acts as a block on opportunity for the poorest.

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