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Labour’s shadow education secretary makes supportive Jewish school visit

Bridget Phillipson MP, shadow education secretary, was joined by shadow schools minister Catherine McKinnell and the party's candidate for Hendon David Pinto-Duschinsky in visit

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

David Pinto-Duschinsky, centre, and Bridget Phillipson, right, meet with the school's headteacher
David Pinto-Duschinsky, centre, and Bridget Phillipson, right, meet with the school's headteacher

Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson MP demonstrated her support for Britain’s Jewish community with a visit to a London school on Tuesday.

Speaking to school and community leaders as part of a tour of a primary school, Phillipson reiterated Labour’s support for Britain’s Jewish community after the terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas, and amidst CST recording increased antisemitic incidents in the UK.

Touring the school alongside Shadow Schools Minister Catherine McKinnell and Labour’s candidate for Hendon, David Pinto-Duschinsky, Phillipson heard from school leaders about the challenges they face – from school funding to security arrangements.

Bridget Phillipson MP, Shadow Education Secretary said: “Education is at the heart of how we build trust, understanding and community, and it was a great privilege to see that in action while speaking to students, school and community leaders this morning.

“There must be zero tolerance of any increase in antisemitism, and I welcome extra funding for the CST. Every child has the right to be and feel safe at school and Labour fully supports the provision of additional funding to help bolster school security.”

Speaking in the Commons on Monday, Labour leader Keir Starmer said:”I do not want Britain to be a place where Jewish schools are closed, Jewish children stay at home out of fear and Jewish families feel compelled to hide their identity.

:And I do not want Britain to be a place where British Muslims feel they have to apologise for the actions of people who do not act in their name.”

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