Sunday, 6 December 2009

Privately Educated Labour Comrades

# Ed Balls (Morley and Outwood)
# Hugh Bayley (City of York)
# Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
# Bob Blizzard (Waveney)
# Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
# Stephen Byers (North Tyneside)
# Charles Clarke (Norwich South)
# Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
# Jim Cousins (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central)
# Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West)
# Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford)
# Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside)
# Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire)
# Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
# Barry Gardiner (Brent North)
# Linda Gilroy (Plymouth Sutton)
# Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East)
# Peter Hain (Neath)
# Patrick Hall (Bedford and Kempston)
# Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
# Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham)
# John Healey (Wentworth)
# Margaret Hodge (Barking)
# Geoff Hoon (Ashfield)
# Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley)
# Tessa Jowell (Dulwich and West Norwood)
# Sally Keeble (Northampton North)
# Ruth Kelly (Bolton West)
# Jim Knight (South Dorset)
# Ivan Lewis (South Bury)
# Martin Linton (Battersea)
# Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
# Denis MacShane (Rotherham)
# Fiona Mactaggart (Slough)
# Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley)
# John Mann (Bassetlaw)
# Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West)
# Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
# Bob Marshall-Andrews (Medway)
# Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton)
# Chris Mole (Ipswich)
# Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)
# Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West)
# Nick Palmer (Broxtowe)
# Gordon Prentice (Pendle)
# James Purnell (Stalybridge and Hyde)
# Nick Raynsford (Greenwich and Woolwich)
# Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
# Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush)
# John Spellar (Warley)
# Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West)
# Howard Stoate (Dartford)
# Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East)
# Mark Todd (South Derbyshire)
# Kitty Ussher (Burnley)
# Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
# Malcolm Wicks (Croydon North)
# Michael Wills (Swindon North)
# Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central)
# Shaun Woodward (St Helens South)

Grammar School Educated Labour Comrades

* Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
* Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)
* Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
* David Anderson (Blaydon)
* Janet Anderson (Rossendale and Darwen)
* Hilary Armstrong (North West Durham)
* Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands)
* John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead)
* Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
* Vera Baird (Redcar)
* Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
* Stuart Bell (Middlesbrough)
* Roger Berry (Kingswood)
* Liz Blackman (Erewash)
* Hazel Blears (Salford)
* David Borrow (South Ribble)
* Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North)
* Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
* Colin Burgon (Elmet)
* Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
* Martin Caton (Gower)
* Colin Challen (Morley and Rothwell)
* Ben Chapman (Wirral South)
* David Chaytor (Bury North)
* Paul Clark (Gillingham)
* Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
* Ann Coffey (Stockport)
* Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)
* Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
* David Crausby (Bolton North East)
* Tony Cunningham (Workington)
* Janet Dean (Burton)
* Andrew Dismore (Hendon)
* Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras)
* Jeffrey Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough)
* Bill Etherington (Sunderland North)
* Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
* Frank Field (Birkenhead)
* Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye)
* Hywel Francis (Aberavon)
* Bruce George (Walsall South)
* Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow)
* Mark Hendrick (Preston)
* John Heppell (Nottingham East)
* Stephen Hesford (Wirral West)
* Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West)
* Keith Hill (Streatham)
* Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
* Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
* Kim Howells (Pontypridd)
* Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston)
* John Hutton (Barrow and Furness)
* Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central)
* Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate)
* Alan Johnson (Hull West and Hessle)
* Diana Johnson (Hull North)
* Martyn Jones (Clwyd South)
* Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)
* Barbara Keeley (Worsley)
* Alan Keen (Feltham and Heston)
* Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet)
* Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central)
* Andrew MacKinlay (Thurrock)
* Christine McCafferty (Calder Valley)
* Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North)
* John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington)
* Tony McNulty (Harrow East)
* Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth)
* Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby)
* Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
* Kali Mountford (Colne Valley)
* Denis Murphy (Wansbeck)
* Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South)
* James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington)
* Greg Pope (Hyndburn)
* Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
* Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)
* Christine Russell (City of Chester)
* Martin Salter (Reading West)
* Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Devonport)
* Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
* Siôn Simon (Birmingham Erdington)
* Alan Simpson (Nottingham South)
* Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)
* Andrew Smith (Oxford East)
* John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan)
* Peter Soulsby (Leicester South)
* Helen Southworth (Warrington South)
* Jack Straw (Blackburn)
* Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)
* David Taylor (North West Leicestershire)
* Stephen Timms (East Ham)
* Paddy Tipping (Sherwood)
* Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
* Des Turner (Brighton Kemptown)
* Neil Turner (Wigan)
* Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North)
* Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test)
* Alan Williams (Swansea West)
* Mike Wood (Batley and Spen)
* Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth)
* Tony Wright (Cannock Chase)
* Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

hat tip to Working Class Tory


Road_Hog said...

Working Class Labour, don't you just love them. Or should that be the Liberal Elite?

caesars wife said...

Are you sure simon sion is educated ??

by the way that new BBC video is still on autoplay !

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Yes, privately educated they may be, but they drink McKewan's Export and talk about outside khazis and whippets.

Or maybe not.

"When I were a nipper we used to dream of Krug! We used to cum 'ome, rattle t' jewellery and polish the club fender, or dad used t' thrash us wi' 'is coronet"

Costello said...

I think i make it 163 Labour MPs in total who were either privately or grammar school educated - so just under half. The next thing i'd like to know is how many of the 349 scum who currently sit under the Labour banner in the Commons have sent their children to be privately educated so as not to suffer the cluster fuck they've made of the state schools.

G.O.T. said...

Jesus wept, OH.

When you see them all listed together here like that, it really does prove that they're just taking the fucking piss.

Working class my fucking arse!

Rogerborg said...

Ah, dear old Calamity Clarke. Well, this is exactly why they dug his corpse up, wasn't it? Time for him to earn his swan soufflé.

He was doing well up to this bit:

"modern electors aren't concerned about what school a politician went to, any more than they are bothered about what colour or what gender he or she might be"

Speak for yourself, mate. There's a place for everything, and in this case it's variously: abroad, and in the kitchen.

banned said...

Wot Costello said, how many of these unspeakable hypocrites got their sprogs into private or grammar schools and how many others played the system to get places in above average state schools ?

Vladimir said...

Seems to me that the hypocrisy here is not that many of the Labour drones went to grammar school, but that they subsequently waged a war on grammar schools to prevent ordinary people taking the same route they did.

This is something I've never been able to get my head around. You'd think that socialists would love grammar schools, because they create social mobility and give a top-quality *free* education for any high-ability children regardless of their background.

But in fact, socialists have a rabid foaming-at-the-mouth hatred for grammars, seeing them as "elitist" because they deliberately exclude lower-ability children. It seems that this hatred is so strong that the alternative, which we have now, is considered to be preferable: good education is only for the rich and the powerful.

I guess it's just another one of those weird articles of faith that you have to accept without question if you want to be a Leftie.

Slight revision required... said...

The point is well made and you would not expect perfection in such a long list, but Jack Straw definitely went to a private (fee-paying ) school Brentwood.

El-Kevo said...

Where our system fails is that anyone with a useful degree fucks off out of Britain.

Those with useless degrees stay behind and meddle in social engineering... because that's ALL they can do !

Most of them would fail miserably in the commercial world.

Mitch said...

Gordons class war seems to be a few soldiers short of a platoon if you get my drift.

Anonymous said...

Is it not the case that gordon brown received financial assistance supposedly for the school that he attended. !!!!!!!!!

So you think you know something about politics? think again! said...

So you think you know something about politics? think again!

Anonymous said...

How the fuck did Hazel Blears pass the 11+?

Dave said...

Way back in the middle of the 20th Century we used to sing alternative words to "The red flag"

"The working class can kiss my arse
I've got the foreman's job at last."

Nothing changes.

The Paragnostic said...

I got into Grammar school under the last year of the Direct Grant system, which was abolished by Shirley Williams.

My hatred of the socialist class warriors dates from then, and will never abate, especially when I see a list of hypocrites like this.


Marchamont Needham said...

If you could produce a list of parents occupations I suspect that would make equally interesting reading.

microdave said...

Thanks for that, I've often wondered.

What I find incredible is how they (as a party) can be so useless. They can't claim they haven't got anyone intelligent...

On second thoughts, if they were all "working class" at least they should know something about real world economics - you know, don't spend what you haven't got, live within your means, etc....

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