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Education bill - Labour depends on Tory support
THE GOVERNMENT'S controversial Education Bill, which aims to pull the comprehensive system to pieces, is getting its third and fourth readings in the Commons this week. As comprehensive education has been at the root of Labour education policy for many decades, this dismantling stirred up opposition even in the usually submissive ranks of New Labour backbenchers.
Some Labour MPs could join a 'rebellion', opposing the encouragement of grammar schools and demanding a ballot of parents before a local authority-run school becomes a trust school, the new 'independent' state schools.
However this limited opposition is highly unlikely to stop the bill's progress through Parliament. New Labour are quite prepared to rely on the other bosses' parties in the Commons to vote with them, especially the Tories, who saw the bill through its earlier stages.
In The Socialist 25 May 2006:
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