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‘We must defeat this grammar schools policy’

Labour’s Angela Rayner – the shadow education secretary – on why Tory plans try to divide the poor

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Born and raised on a council estate, pregnant by 16 and a working mother who struggled to make ends meet, Angela Rayner is the Conservatives’ worst nightmare when it comes to their grammar schools policy.

Labour’s shadow education secretary is exactly the type of parent prime minister Theresa May identified when she spoke of helping families who were “just getting by”.

“I recognise the struggle they talk about,” Rayner says. “I was a home help before I came into Parliament. My salary at the time was just over £20,000 and I was on working tax credits. So I have been a working parent in receipt ...

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