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Parents step up fight

The national anti-opting-out parents pressure group has taken legal advice after being accused of hijacking a grant-maintained ballot in Surrey.

Parents Opposed to Opting Out (POO) demanded evidence to back up allegations made by Grahame Leon-Smith, chairman of governors at Abbeylands School in Addlestone. Mr Leon-Smith accused POO of attempting to interfere with democracy and "rig the ballot".

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