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A good education is every child’s right. It is not a privilege reserved for the few. This is why we in the Labour Party have launched our new campaign, ‘Education not Segregation’, opposing the Tories’ plans to open new grammar schools.

 

Theresa May has spoken about delivering for everyone but her actions reveal the Tories’ true colours: working in the interests of the few while everyone else is left behind. In one breath talking of a “greater meritocracy” and in the next, announcing a return to grammar schools.

 

Grammar schools won’t improve the lives of the many; they offer nothing to the hundreds of children in Brent North who already have great schools where they are learning together. By returning to this failed project Theresa May is taking the Tories even further away from the realities of ordinary people's lives. Even former Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron said that rejecting the stale old grammars debate was a “key test” of whether the Tories were fit for government.

 

Labour is committed to an education system for everyone, not just a select few, and we will be opposing the Tory’s regressive grammar school policy every step of the way.

Education not Segregation!

  A good education is every child’s right. It is not a privilege reserved for the few. This is why we in the Labour Party have launched our new campaign,...


Watch my speech at Labour Conference 2016.

I'm proud to have been a Union Member for 38 years

I'm proud to have been a member of the Labour Party for 36 years

I'm proud to have been the Member of Parliament for Brent North for 19 years

And I'm proudest of all to serve as the Shadow Secretry of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn for whom I was proud to vote in this election.

This is the speech I gave today at Labour Conference.




My speech at Labour Conference 2016

Watch my speech at Labour Conference 2016.


We need a new International Trade community to develop ‘Best in Class’ future model trade agreement and a mandatory clause in any trade deal under a future Labour government that will support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

For too long governments and politicians have allowed for one-way trade deals to be concluded behind closed doors on terms that give foreign investors power to sue governments if they believe that laws and policies may affect their profit potential - even if those laws are passed in the public interest.

Deals like TTIP have struggled to find any support amongst the public because of the dangerous risk to sovereignty and because people do not believe that anybody other than big business benefits from them. 

That is why, today at Labour Party Conference, I have announced the launch of the Just Trading Community, bringing together like-minded politicians and legislators to work towards establishing a new model trade agreement that places, at its very heart, the protection, promotion and progression of workers’ rights, human rights, quality standards and environmental safeguards.

Labour knows that small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of this economy and yet they are too often ignored when it comes to negotiating international trade deals and in receiving the support necessary to expand into new export markets.

That is why I have also announced today that any future trade deal under a Labour government would incorporate a mandatory requirement that any country who wants to sign a trade agreement with the UK must set out a strategy for supporting our SMEs seeking to export to them.

Barry announces new 'Just Trading' Community for model trade agreements that protect small businesses

We need a new International Trade community to develop ‘Best in Class’ future model trade agreement and a mandatory clause in any trade deal under a future Labour government that...


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