A leading local government spokesman has scotched rumours that a Labour administration would oppose selective admissions policies in voluntary-aided church schools.
Graham Lane, chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities' education committee, said that Labour had no intention of removing the right of VA schools to choose their intake.
"There are no plans to do anything that would change the constructive relationship we have and value with the diocesan boards of both the Anglican and Catholic churches," he said. He added that churches and LEAs were discussing changes to the system of daily acts of worship.
The rumours arise from a memo circulated to all diocesan schools by the Catholic Education Service, which threatens "vigorous opposition" to proposals to take control of admissions away from schools and LEAs.