5 things we learnt from Charlotte Cornell’s Q&A session

Last night Charlotte Cornell held a Q&A session with students from Christ Church to answer any and every question they had.

Charlotte is the Labour representative for Dover and Deal, and is also Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield’s head of staff.

If you missed it, you can take a look a more comprehensive coverage of the event here.

Here are 5 things we learnt from her during the Q&A.

On whether we should have a people’s vote:

No. The people voted. I don’t think you can carry on voting, and having endless elections on the same question could be infuriating, and breed that unkindness and sniping at your neighbour. We’ve done it.

We will move on and fight for the best deal out of it. The best outcome for England, the UK, Great Britain, out of it.

On teaching reforms:

I think you need allow teachers to have a sabbatical once in every 10 years, to retrain and refocus. Maybe get masters, focus on specialist, or travel. It would be a paid sabbatical.

You need a higher starting base rate for teachers’ salaries, you need to encourage your best any your brightest to train.

I believe you have to facilitate different methods of training, more part time training options, more training on job options, that allow you to work but not fully teach before you trained.

I think there has to be far more flexibility, and a massive increase in STEM teaching – science, mathematics, and engineering teaching, and a slightly incentivised wage structure to encourage bright talent to go there.

On increasing the minimum wage to meet living standards:

I would certainly advocate manipulating wage structures to be higher to boost standards of living which takes pressure of services especially health services.

Also, a roll out of good quality affordable social housing will do no end of good to take pressures of the health services, and reliable accommodation will be with you all your life.

Social care has not kept up with the pace of change necessary of an ageing population. There’s a huge amount of bed-blocking in our hospitals because people can’t be moved out because there is no social care provision.

Social care is funded by county council. County council suffered enormously because of cuts by government.

On grammar schools:

I don’t believe in non-grammars either. I don’t believe in selective education.

Over and over again, outcomes are proved in terms of university passes, first and seconds, to be higher in every county that has a non-grammar system. It is not true that the grammar system helps social mobility.

On Mike Eddy leaving the Labour party amidst claims he was bullied:

I was personally really sad to see Mike Eddy go. He is friend of mine and offered 10 years of services to labour party.

He said he was bullied by people in his group. l I haven’t seen the emails he referred to, it seems really sad if it is true.

It’s unfortunate that Mike said he was bullied. My experience with the local labour party friendly inclusive hard working.

If you missed it, you can take a look a more comprehensive coverage of the event here.


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