PRIVATE schools could be abolished under a future Labour government, after members backed moves to “integrate” all such educational institutions into the state sector.

This could have a knock on affect independent schools in the Basingstoke area. The town has Sherfield School based in Sherfield on Loddon while nearby Hook has two public schools: Daneshill School and Lord Wandsworth College.

Labour delegates approved a motion which said such a commitment should be included in the party’s next general election manifesto.

This would include withdrawal of charitable status and “all other public subsidies and tax privileges”, including business rate exemption.

The motion added universities would have to admit the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population, currently 7%.

Endowments, investments and properties held by private schools would be “redistributed democratically and fairly” across the country’s educational institutions, it added.

The vote in favour of the motion came after shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said a future Labour government would scrap the “tax loopholes” which benefit private schools, in its first budget.

Addressing the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Ms Rayner said she will task the Social Mobility Commission – which the party would rename the Social Justice Commission – with “integrating private schools”.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said: "Myself and John McDonnell will set out further steps the Labour government will take, but I can say today that our very first budget will immediately close the tax loopholes used by elite private schools and use that money to improve the lives of all children."

She added: “We will set that commission to making the whole education system fairer through the integration of private schools.

The motion on private schools, moved by Battersea Constituency Labour Party, said conference believes Labour “must go further” than the 2017 manifesto to challenge the “elite privilege” of private schools who “dominate the top professions”.

It added: “The ongoing existence of private schools is incompatible with Labour’s pledge to promote social justice, not social mobility in education.”

It went on: “Conference resolves to include in the next Labour Party general election manifesto a commitment to integrate all private schools into the state sector.

“This would include, but is not limited to: withdrawal of charitable status and all other public subsidies and tax privileges, including business rate exemption; ensure universities admit the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population (currently 7%); endowments, investments and properties held by private schools to be redistributed democratically and fairly across the country’s educational institutions.”

Laura Parker, Momentum’s national co-ordinator, said: “This is a huge step forward in dismantling the privilege of a tiny, Eton-educated elite who are running our country into the ground.

“Every child deserves a world-class education, not only those who are able pay for it, and I’ll be proud to campaign on this manifesto pledge at the next election.”