Why are Socialists against Grammar Schools

This list is taken from the following blog.

These are some, not all, of the Labour MPs who went exclusively to grammer schools. They do not include all those who went to private schools.

  • Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
  • Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)
  • Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
  • David Anderson (Blaydon)
  • Janet Anderson (Rossendale and Darwen)
  • Hilary Armstrong (North West Durham)
  • Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands)
  • John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead)
  • Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
  • Vera Baird (Redcar)
  • Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
  • Stuart Bell (Middlesbrough)
  • Roger Berry (Kingswood)
  • Liz Blackman (Erewash)
  • Hazel Blears (Salford)
  • David Borrow (South Ribble)
  • Karen Buck (Regent’s Park and Kensington North)
  • Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
  • Colin Burgon (Elmet)
  • Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
  • Martin Caton (Gower)
  • Colin Challen (Morley and Rothwell)
  • Ben Chapman (Wirral South)
  • David Chaytor (Bury North)
  • Paul Clark (Gillingham)
  • Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
  • Ann Coffey (Stockport)
  • Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
  • David Crausby (Bolton North East)
  • Tony Cunningham (Workington)
  • Janet Dean (Burton)
  • Andrew Dismore (Hendon)
  • Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras)
  • Jeffrey Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough)
  • Bill Etherington (Sunderland North)
  • Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
  • Frank Field (Birkenhead)
  • Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye)
  • Hywel Francis (Aberavon)
  • Bruce George (Walsall South)
  • Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow)
  • Mark Hendrick (Preston)
  • John Heppell (Nottingham East)
  • Stephen Hesford (Wirral West)
  • Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West)
  • Keith Hill (Streatham)
  • Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
  • Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
  • Kim Howells (Pontypridd)
  • Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston)
  • John Hutton (Barrow and Furness)
  • Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central)
  • Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate)
  • Alan Johnson (Hull West and Hessle)
  • Diana Johnson (Hull North)
  • Martyn Jones (Clwyd South)
  • Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)
  • Barbara Keeley (Worsley)
  • Alan Keen (Feltham and Heston)
  • Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet)
  • Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central)
  • Andrew MacKinlay (Thurrock)
  • Christine McCafferty (Calder Valley)
  • Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North)
  • John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington)
  • Tony McNulty (Harrow East)
  • Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth)
  • Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby)
  • Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
  • Kali Mountford (Colne Valley)
  • Denis Murphy (Wansbeck)
  • Edward O’Hara (Knowsley South)
  • James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington)
  • Greg Pope (Hyndburn)
  • Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
  • Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)
  • Christine Russell (City of Chester)
  • Martin Salter (Reading West)
  • Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Devonport)
  • Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
  • Siôn Simon (Birmingham Erdington)
  • Alan Simpson (Nottingham South)
  • Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)
  • Andrew Smith (Oxford East)
  • John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan)
  • Peter Soulsby (Leicester South)
  • Helen Southworth (Warrington South)
  • Jack Straw (Blackburn)
  • Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)
  • David Taylor (North West Leicestershire)
  • Stephen Timms (East Ham)
  • Paddy Tipping (Sherwood)
  • Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
  • Des Turner (Brighton Kemptown)
  • Neil Turner (Wigan)
  • Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North)
  • Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test)
  • Alan Williams (Swansea West)
  • Mike Wood (Batley and Spen)
  • Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth)
  • Tony Wright (Cannock Chase)
  • Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

I guess grammar schools are OK if a politician has gone to one, but it is not acceptable if the hoi polloi go.


  1. #1 by Ampers on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 - 4:17 pm

    I find it interesting that you are not socialists any more. Maybe this is a good thing and you can perhaps be more amenable to the old Russian communist way of handling education which I entirely approve of.

    What they did with gifted children was to lift them out of the normal state education and put them into specialist schools where they could get special individual attention to ensure they went to the top universities.

    I suppose if we did that, we would lift them out of comprehensives and send them to Eton and then onto Oxford?

    After all, this is what they used to do in the Soviet Republic.

  2. #2 by Walton Andrew on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 - 3:48 pm

    Your argument goes something like this – Labour MPs are socialists. Socialists are against grammar schools. Therefore, those Labour MPs who went to grammar schools are hypocrites.

    The Labour Party is not a socialist party any more.

    Socialists are against private and selective schools in general – not just grammar schools. We oppose the Tories’ so-called “free” schools and New Labour academy schools.

    We would invest instead in a top-class, comprehensive education system for everyone. We would abolish tuition fees for universities and replace them with a living grant. I think it is a dreadful indictment of Labour’s education policy that when they left office, education was more unequal than at any time since the 1950s.

    Andrew Walton (Leicester Socialist Party) http://www.socialistparty.org.uk

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