More thoughts on Votes at 16

So, the Tories have given Votes at 16 the red light, for now…

Needless to say, I was pretty upset on Friday when the Conservatives succeeded in filibustering Jim McMahon’s Private Member’s Bill for Votes at 16 out of Parliament before a vote could take place. However, the positive reaction to the idea in the lead up to the vote confirmed that it is a matter of when, rather than if, a bill will be successful and Votes at 16 will become a reality.

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Why I’m Rooting for Votes at 16 Today

The time has come.

Later today, Jim McMahon MP presents his Private Member’s Bill to the Commons for its second reading, urging the house to support for votes for sixteen year-olds after years of campaigning by the NUS and British Youth Council’s Votes at 16 Coalition. The bill is supported by many notable MPs including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas. Chuka Umunna, Clive Lewis and Hilary Benn are also among the MPs who will be voting in favour after the debate. Here’s the story of why I’m desperate to see it passed…

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TEF: Terrible Education Failure

Introduction

I was interested to read yesterday that the University of East Anglia has, following a successful appeal, been upgraded from silver to gold on the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Although it looks like a nice status for UEA to have achieved, there’s no point in being too jubilant.

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My General Election reaction

Having written a ‘morning after’ blog post following the EU referendum, I feel like it would be nice to start a tradition and do so for the 2017 General Election (that, and the fact that I’ve been down to London a few times recently and have a whole load of new stock photos of Westminster taken with the express intention of using on my blog…)

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