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New Labour pains

An embarrassing new row over Labour's education policy erupted this week when it became known that schools spokesman Peter Kilfoyle has sent his youngest son Peter to a secondary which Government officials say is not truly comprehensive.

Governors at Blue Coat in Liverpool - Britain's most successful non-selective state school, according to league tables - have voted to seek grammar school status. Mr Kilfoyle, however, said he had previously rejected an alternative school for his elder son, Patrick, when it went grant-maintained.

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