Labour group slammed for backhanded congratulatory message about ‘private school’ cricketers after World Cup win – The Sun

A FRINGE Labour group endorsed by former leader Ed Miliband has sparked fury by issuing backhanded congratulations to England's 'private school' cricket heroes.

The Labour Against Private Schools campaign – which calls for the abolition of Eton – celebrated England's nailbiting World Cup win by whining about the number of privately educated players in the team.


It said in a statement: "Congratulations to the #EnglandCricketTeam on their World Cup win!

"But let's not forget that 43% of men playing international cricket for England went to private school.

"Our national sports teams should draw on the talents of all in our society – not just a privileged few."

One user fumed: "If that is your first thought when England win a global tournament, then I feel sorry for you. Must be a sad life."

Where England's heroes went to school

A MASSIVE 43 per cent of England's World Cup heroes went to private school – even though seven per cent of the population went to one.

A further three per cent went to grammer school, while 43 per cent went to a comprehensive.

Another added: "What a PATHETIC statement to make-if they are good enough and dedicated they will get picked."

The bitter tweet came as England won their first-ever men's Cricket World Cup after a stunning end to the final against New Zealand.

A Super Over was required for Eoin Morgan and co to beat the Black Caps and end the 44-year wait.

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Labour – led by privately-educated Jeremy Corbyn – has called for the establishment of a National Education Service to pump £6billion into schools every year.

His plans include extra school funding, cuts to class sizes, restoring students grants and scrapping college fees for adult learners – all funded by reversing Tory corporation tax cuts of £20billion.

He also vowed to hike VAT on private school fees by 20 per cent to pay for a free school meals policy.

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