Shami Chakrabarti accused of hypocrisy for sending son to £18,000-a-year private school

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By Katie King on

Woman tipped to become next shadow attorney general appears to fly in face of Labour’s stance on selective education


It has been revealed the 13-year-old son of top barrister Shami Chakrabarti attends an £18,000-a-year academically selective school.

The news comes the same weekend the Labour party — of which Chakrabarti is a peer — held a national action day to campaign for “inclusive education”, leading spectators to brandish the barrister and former Liberty director a hypocrite.

LSE graduate Chakrabarti, 47, is hotly tipped to become the new attorney general in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, and this week the Labour party stepped in to defend the top barrister against accusations of hypocrisy.

According to the Daily Mail, a “party source” has claimed the decision to send Chakrabarti’s son to Dulwich College — where Nigel Farage once studied — was made by his father, an Oxford-educated Linklaters partner from who Chakrabarti is now divorced. The source continued:

The decision about where children go to school nowadays is not taken by one parent. Each parent has their own views on where their child goes to school, as do children themselves.

Do you think Chakrabarti is a hypocrite for allowing her son to go to private school?