PM: Oxbridge the gap
THERESA May has called for better opportunities for young people after more applied for Love Island than Oxbridge.
The ITV2 reality show’s current series attracted more than 85,000 applicants – twice the 40,000 who applied to go to either Oxford or Cambridge universities.
The revelation has sparked a debate over the aspirations of young people.
Now the PM has waded in, saying the opportunity to go to university must be made open to all.
Mrs May spoke about the hit show to reporters during the G7 summit in Canada. She said: “I have a confession to make to you – I’ve never seen Love Island. So I’m probably not best placed to comment on the interest that people have in Love Island.” When reporters offered to explain what happens on the show, the Prime Minister quipped: “With actions?”
Mrs May added: “Let’s set aside the Love Island issue, but what I do want to ensure is that young people are able to aspire to be their best.
“That they can get on as far in life as their hard work and abilities will take them – and that opportunities are open to them to enable them to do that.”
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