Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, has called upon the UK Government to give a solid guarantee that EU nationals can remain in the UK following the “xenophobic rhetoric” heard during the Conservative party conference.
During Education Questions this afternoon (Monday 10th October), Monaghan asked the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, what assessment he has made of the morale of EU nationals in the teaching profession, saying:
“There are thousands of EU nationals across the UK who play key roles in our children’s education, be it as teachers, classroom assistants or cleaner. But we cannot underestimate the effect on morale of xenophobic rhetoric such as that we heard last week at the Tory party conference.
“Does the Secretary of State/Minister agree that it is time to do the right thing and give a solid guarantee that EU nationals can remain in the UK?”
Monaghan also asked the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, if she will offer students places on the board of the Office for Students, something not currently ensured within the Higher Education and Research Bill:
“The Scottish Government introduced the Higher Education Governance Act in March. This has allowed students to have a much stronger voice, increasing their involvement in key decision-making within Scotland’s universities.
“Does the Secretary of State agree that students deserve greater participation within the higher education sector, and will she look to the example set by Scotland to ensure that happens?”
The Higher Education and Research Bill is currently with the Public Bill Committee, of which Monaghan is a member.
You can watch Carol question the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Schools below: