The Telegraph is reporting that the Provost of Eton College has threatened to resign from the Conservative Party over Government plans to make employers ask candidates whether they attended an independent school.
Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, a former Tory Cabinet minister, has told Conservative officials he cannot accept proposals published last week.
He issued the warning after Matt Hancock, the Cabinet Office minister, said companies should ask job applicants whether they went to private school in an attempt to stop discrimination against the poor.
Lord Waldegrave, who served in the governments of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, said he believes the Prime Minister’s policy would discriminate against children at fee-paying schools.
He told The Daily Telegraph: “Fundamentally I think it quite wrong to punish children for decisions taken by their parents, and to run the risk of choosing crucial public service jobs not on the basis of merit but of social engineering.”
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