Stephen has welcomed a new video released by the Labour Party to save crucial language qualifications in  Bengali, Punjabi, Modern Hebrew, Polish, Gujarati and Turkish.

A future Labour government is committed to saving these language qualifications. Labour’s commitment is a stark contrast to Tory Minister Nick Gibb’s dismissal of the “small numbers” of people undertaking these important qualifications.
The move from Labour comes as awarding bodies plan to scrap dozens of qualifications. Foreign languages, including Polish, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Modern Hebrew, Turkish and Portuguese are being withdraw.
The withdrawal of key languages comes at a time when the CBI has identified the growing need for more foreign language skills by British companies with ambitions to break into new fast-growing markets.

Speaking after the release of the video, Stephen said: "Britain needs to be an outward looking nation, especially in this era of increased trade and movements of people. That is why Labour has been very clear that these language qualifications should not be axed. 

"Labour is the only party committed to saving these crucial language qualifications. Losing them would limit our place in the world.”

AuthorStephen Timms