Last night Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, who some amusingly tip as a future Labour leader, fired off a press release welcoming the government’s decision to drop grammar schools. Rayner claimed grammars have been “abandoned as a result of the huge pressure Labour has put the Government under”. Except they haven’t dropped grammars at all – Rayner’s press release was completely, 100%, wrong.
Rayner then doubled down, claiming the government were refusing to allow a vote on grammars. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg had to explain that she was wrong on this too, and that the legislation will go ahead:
Laura then had to politely explain to Angela how parliament works:
@AngelaRayner don’t think they can repeal the ban without legislation, so expect a White paper then bill with votes next year – let’s see!
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 27, 2016
For the avoidance of doubt, the government have confirmed there will be a vote on grammars. High level scrutiny from our opposition…