He says: 'Today we commit ourselves to campaign in the 36 local authority areas where selection remains. First to secure a ballot on the schools' future, then to win the ballot for comprehensive education.
'There is also a second campaign that we must fight,' he continues. 'That is the battle against creeping selection. The inevitable result is a hierarchy of esteem. And we know, as a certainty, that once schools are listed in some sort of pecking order, the morale, the intake and the performance of those at the bottom of the imaginary league table inevitably declines.'