Jonathan Simons

Justine joins the circus with a balancing act

Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education

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So, another party conference season has drawn to a close. Labour were in Liverpool, where the education highlight was the emergence of Angela Rayner as a top tier Shadow Cabinet performer – helped, it must be said, by the gift (from Labour’s perspective) of being able to unite against grammars.

And the Tories have just finished in Birmingham, where I’ve also been for the past few days. Last year, I had the treat of being spat at in Manchester. This week, the welcome was more friendly, other than the charming woman who bellowed, “Tory scum, get out of Brum,” as people arrived.

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