Statement in response to Jac o' The North blog

Jac o'The North's blog is riddled with a number of twisted, lazy and downright weird conspiracy theories about my wife and parents, that I will not dignify with a response.

However, I do need to address the allegations that he makes about my daughter's education, not least because he accuses me of not telling the truth.


So, here are the facts:

1. Our eldest daughter, Johanna, attended an entirely publicly-funded state school in Copenhagen, from August 2004 until June 2010.

2. In August 2010, for personal reasons, Johanna transferred to a different local school, Ingrid Jespersen School (IJS). IJS is a predominantly state-funded school, but with parents obliged to make a financial contribution of £160 per month. 

3. In August 2012 she transferred from IJS to Hellerup Gymnasium (HG), an entirely state-funded sixth form college.

4. In August 2013 she transferred from HG to Atlantic College (AC), which is in Llantwit Major. The majority of students at AC and the other United World Colleges are funded through a mixture of state scholarships and alumni funded bursaries that are provided by national committees in their home countries. Johanna's time at AC was partly funded by a standard Danish state scholarship for students studying abroad.

5. Shortly before the late March 2014 hustings for the Aberavon Constituency Labour Party MP selection I was asked to clarify whether or not Johanna had attended a private school in Copenhagen. I explained that she had spent two years at IJS.

The author of this blog claims that the facts of the matter were somehow being concealed; they were not. I was being asked about, and responding to, questions about, the nature of Johanna's education in Denmark, and not about the nature of her education at AC. I have always been open about, and proud of, the fact that a vital part of Johanna's education took place in Wales, and I am equally proud of the fact that she will be starting at university in the UK this autumn.