PM: Oxbridge the gap

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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.”

BEST: Ox­ford uni

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