Shami Chakrabarti’s use of a fee-paying school to educate her son has been exposed because of a Heat Street story.
The Labour peer – and close ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn – sends the boy to £37,000-a-year Dulwich College, the Sunday Times revealed.
Her decision is at odds with her party’s fervent opposition to what it calls “segregation” in the education system.
Questions about Chakrabarti were ignited by a Heat Street article in August, where we reported that she had tried to get her son into Eton College.
Corbyn ally Shami Chakrabarti's son attends top private school Dulwich College (old boys include N Farage) https://t.co/0WsaEDyzZi
— James Lyons (@STJamesl) October 2, 2016
Our exposé – published just before she was handed a life peerage by Jeremy Corbyn – prompted further questions.
She refused to comment on the story and hung up Heat Street when we tried to get in touch.
Last week at the Labour party conference, Channel 4’s Michael Crick confronted her with our piece, and was sneeringly told he has “been on the internet too much of late”.
You can watch the segment in the video below, starting at 4mins, 45secs.
Crick’s piece in turn prompted questions from the Sunday Times, which revealed that he is currently at Dulwich – the alma mater of Labour arch-nemesis Nigel Farage.
It is not clear whether her son failed Eton’s test or simply chose Dulwich instead.
The newspaper detailed several connections between Chakrabarti and Dulwich, including a speaking arrangement in 2013, and a later decision to stage a conference there.
— Dulwich College (@DulwichCollege) September 2, 2016
Chakrabarti joins a host of Labour figures in a bind on selective education – including Corbyn’s spin doctor Seumas Milne.
Heat Street UK editor Miles Goslett today revealed that Milne’s wife spends her time as a private tutor, giving a leg up to the children of the wealthy.
This is turn may let them access grammar schools and the better fee-paying establishments.
As is well-documented, Diane Abbott sent her son to the City of London school at considerable expense, while Emily Thornberry sent her children to a selective school miles from her home constituency.