Stephen Exley

Labour giants step up to fight colleges’ corner

Two decades on from Tony Blair’s famous ‘education, education, education’ speech, his former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, and current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn both tell Stephen Exley that it is time for education – and FE in particular – to be restored to the top of the political agenda

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It’s not often that speakers at the Association of Colleges’ annual conference are greeted with excited whooping. But then, it’s not often that college leaders are addressed by as high-profile a figure as Jeremy Corbyn. Last week’s conference marked the first occasion that a leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition had attended the highest-profile event in the FE calendar.

While most ministers and government officials appear to have little capacity to deal with much other than Brexit at the moment, it appears that education is – in the Labour Party at least – becoming ever more prominent.

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