PM slammed for ‘failing’ to fix class divide despite vow to create a fairer country

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THERESA May’s promise of a fairer Britain was blasted amid claims she has done little to close the class divide.

The PM has one of the worst records in government for spreading opportunity more widely, a damning poll shows.

A poll has revealed that Theresa May has one of the worst records in government for spreading opportunity
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A poll has revealed Theresa May has one of the worst records in government for spreading opportunity[/caption]

She vowed to create a country that works for everyone when she first entered 10 Downing Street in 2016.

Yet barely one person in 20 thinks she has done the most to make it easier for people to get on in life.

The findings come in a survey for the new Social Mobility Pledge initiative, founded by former Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Most people think every government in the past 40 years has failed to tackle the burning injustices Mrs May vowed to end.

But she won the thumbs-up from a woeful 5.3 per cent of those polled.

On Saturday night Ms Greening warned the PM now risks being drummed out of No10 with no legacy for Brexit or the mantra she trumpeted on day one.

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BLASTED ON MOBILITY

The ex-minister, who had a working class upbringing, said: “When Theresa May arrived in Downing Street she committed to making Britain a country that works for everyone.

“It was inspiring but that’s been well and truly overtaken by a Brexit policy that works for no one.

“She must take the chance to do more, to honour the commitment she made, during her time left in No10.”

Of the last six PMs, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher are seen to have the greatest impact on improving the life chances of poor kids.

But six out of ten people who are “just about managing” to get by in one or two part-time jobs say no PM has made it easier to get on.


Mrs May’s low score was only marginally better than Gordon Brown and John Major.

The findings echo criticism by social mobility tsar Alan Milburn, who quit 18 months ago after months of Mrs May’s “indecision, dysfunctionality and lack of leadership”.

More than 220 companies and organisations have signed the Social Mobility Pledge, which aims to encourage employers to play a bigger role in challenging and changing the UK’s poor equality record.

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening warned the PM risks being drummed out of No10
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Former Education Secretary Justine Greening warned the PM risks being drummed out of No10[/caption]

Alan Milburn quit as chairman of the Social Mobility Commission after Mrs May's'indecision'
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Alan Milburn quit as chairman of the Social Mobility Commission after Mrs May’s ‘indecision’[/caption]

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