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Labour Attacks Sunak Over Tax Breaks for UK’s Private Schools

  • Starmer takes aim at PM’s alma mater in testy Commons session
  • Opposition party trying to make education a key election issue
Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions on Nov. 30.

Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions on Nov. 30.

Photographer: House of Commons/PA Wire

Labour leader Keir Starmer called on Rishi Sunak to end the “scandal” of tax breaks given to private schools in the UK, taking aim at the prime minister’s alma mater as the opposition party tries to draw a clear battle line with the ruling Conservatives ahead of the next general election.

Winchester College has a rowing club, a rifle club, an extensive art collection, they charge over £45,000 ($54,000) a year,” Starmer told Sunak in Parliament. “Why did he hand them nearly £6 million of taxpayers’ money this year?”