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On the first day of the Blue Collar Conservatism Conference 2020 in association with the Daily Express, the Education Secretary attacked the Labour Party and insisted the Conservative Government want to drive standards up in education. Mr Williamson also stressed the importance of creating opportunities for young people from white working class and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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The Education Secretary was asked by fellow Conservative MP, and founder of the Blue Collar Conservativism movement, Esther McVey: “Will the Government champion these white working-class boys who find themselves at the bottom of all the education tables at the moment?”

He replied: “Absolutely, what Labour wants to do is dumb down education.

“What we want to do is drive standards up in education.

“That is how you give the best service in terms of young people from whatever background.

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“Whether they are white working class, whether they are from an ethnic minority community, driving up standards in education, making sure that there is real rigor there, that is what will open up opportunities for young people.

“That is what our focus has got to be.”

Mr Williamson’s intervention comes as the Labour Party’s Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green has been forced to apologise for comments relating to the coronavirus pandemic when she said: “I think we should use the opportunity. Don’t let a good crisis go to waste”.

Ms Green told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday: “I regret it. I know it will have caused pain and offence to people who’ve suffered under this terrible pandemic and I should not have said that.

“What I would say is that the crisis has exposed all sorts of things about our economy and about the pressure on our public services that we’ve got to learn from, we have to learn the lessons of this pandemic.”

She added: “I apologise profusely for those comments, they were the wrong thing to say and I’m particularly ashamed that people should feel that I was seeking to make political capital out of a crisis.”

For the next five days Express.co.uk will be bringing you exclusive coverage of the Blue Collar Conservatism conference 2020 which will feature the best grassroots political debate and opinion from around the UK.

The conference came about on the back of the political revolution last December when hundreds of thousands of former Labour diehard voters switched to the Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson.

Regarding the Blue Collar Conservativism movement’s partnership with the Daily Express, Ms McVey insisted it would provide a springboard from which to conduct a revolution in party conferences. 

She said: “This is the start of doing the traditional party conferences in a very different way.

“It is a Party Political Conference first. Travelling the country reaching out and speaking to the public and then getting Cabinet Ministers to reply.”

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Daily Express Group Editor Gary Jones said: “The Express is proud to partner with Esther and the Blue Collar Conservative Movement to give our readers the chance to have their say on what really matters to them.

“The Express and Blue Collar Conservative Movement share many of the same values in having pride in our country and what we can collectively achieve.

“We very much support the need for fairness and levelling up in our society with all given the opportunity to succeed.

“All too often the silent majority don’t get the chance to voice their concerns and ambitions for the future. Well, now they can.

“Please do let us know what you think about the issues we’re facing today.”

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