Dartford MP hits back at Jeremy Corbyn’s attack on the grammar school system

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has hit back at Jeremy Corbyn’s maiden speech as leader of the Labour Party at the Labour conference.

Speaking about education, Mr Corbyn made it clear he was not a supporter of selective education.

During his speech, Mr Corbyn said: “I’m delighted that Lucy Powell is our new shadow Education Secretary. She has already set out how the education of every child and the quality of every school counts. Every school accountable to local government, not bringing back selection. We have aspirations for all children, not just a few.”

After hearing this speech, Mr Johnson hit back at this attack on grammar schools which are thriving and popular in Dartford.

He said: “As an ex-Dartford Grammar school pupil myself I am dismayed at this attack on our grammar school system. It is particularly concerning that Jeremy Corbyn used his maiden speech to the Labour Party Conference to launch an attack on selective schools.

Grammar schools raise the standards of all schools in the area. All children have different needs and skills and grammar schools provide part of the diverse system we need to avoid a one size fits all education system.

This lurch to the left by the Labour Party is worrying nationally and in particular here in Dartford because of the uncertainty it causes Dartford’s grammar schools. Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party need to leave our Grammar Schools alone”.