Pat McFadden statement on Labour commitment to Punjabi and other language A-Levels

I believe the Government’s plans to axe these qualifications are a huge mistake.  Many of my constituents speak Punjabi and Gujarati and these languages are important to parts of the community. 

Furthermore, as Britain’s population becomes more diverse it is economically important to make the most of our global links.  Axing language qualifications is short sighted for a major trading economy like ours.  I believe it is vital to keep open the option to take these qualifications right up to A level standard and I am glad we have a clear commitment now from Labour that if we win the election on 7th May, the Tory proposal to get rid of these qualifications will not proceed and these qualifications will be saved.

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