Poetically, it began: "As children return to school facing fresh challenges, and others start school for the first time, parents will be eagerly following their progress..." The author? A Mrs Gillian Shephard.
Since Mr Lane's day job is as Newham's education chair, certain questions were asked about this letter. But it all turns out to be perfectly innocent: according to the DFEE, the paper had used an article written by Mrs S for regional papers on the letters page for some reason best known to itself. So that's all right, then.