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BLAIR AT ODDS WITH COUNCILS OVER GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, CLAIM

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Tony Blair is at odds with council chiefs with his plans for grammar schools under a Labour government, the Daily M...
Tony Blair is at odds with council chiefs with his plans for grammar schools under a Labour government, the Daily Mail reports (p13).

While Blair has pledged to retain grammars in the state sector, if that is the wish of local parents, Graham Lane, chairman of the Metropolitan Authorities Association, has signalled that such schools would be systematically abolished.

'Once we have a Labour government we will begin the procedure', he said. 'People don't particularly notice one grammar school creaming off a small number of pupils, but it is not an appropriate way to run a modern education system for the next century'.

Education minister Cheryl Gillan told the paper: 'There is a stark contrast between Mr Blair's proposed future for grammar schools and that of Labour-run councils who seem to want to take matters entirely into their own hands'.
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