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LABOUR COUNCILS WOULD SEIZE CHANCE TO ABOLISH GRAMMARS

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Graham Lane, chair of the Council of Local Education Authorities, said yesterday Labour councils would ballot paren...
Graham Lane, chair of the Council of Local Education Authorities, said yesterday Labour councils would ballot parents on abolition of the remaining grammar schools within six months if a Labour government came to power.

He said the only thing stopping Labour authorities acting now against grammar schools was their opportunity to opt out of council control, reports The Guardian (p10). This escape route would not be available under a Labour government.

The paper says the comments threatened to undermine attempts by the party leadership to tell parents a Labour government would not declare war on 'good schools'.

A spokesman for the party's education spokesman said: 'Only statements from David Blunkett and the frontbench on this issue carry the authority of the party.'
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