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LANE IN ROW OVER EDUCATION MEMO

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Graham Lane, Labour chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities education committee, is embroiled in a ...
Graham Lane, Labour chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities education committee, is embroiled in a row with The Catholic Education Service.

Mr Lane was mistakenly quoted in a memo circulated by Michael Power, deputy chairman of the education service, as saying voluntary aided schools would lose the right to select their pupils under a Labour government.

The memo, sent to all Diocesan schools, threatened 'vigorous opposition' to the proposals which would remove selection from school governors' hands and place it in those of local authorities.

When the memo was leaked to The Daily Telegraph the subsequent response from Tony Blair's office, quoted in the article published by the paper last week, was that his views were not party policy and that Mr Lane was 'not in the mainstream of Labour Party policy.'

The Telegraph has apologised for its error and Mr Lane has fired off several letters to the Catholic Education Service demanding an apology.
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