At the beginning of grammarsgate Graham Brady MP, a former shadow schools minister and now shadow Europe spokesman, wrote an article for the New Statesman in which he explained why he still backed grammar schools. Today’s Times reported that Mr Brady has passed the newspaper data that purports to show "that GCSE results are significantly better in areas that have an element of selective education – with ethnic minority children benefiting most." The Times:
"The figures show that in comprehensive areas with no selection, 42.6 per cent of GCSE pupils get 5 or more A* to C grades in subjects including English and maths. This rises to 46 per cent in partially selective areas and 49.8 per cent in wholly selective areas where all pupils take the 11 plus."
For two incidents of disloyalty to the party position Mr Brady might have expected the sack but it is thought that he has senior protectors within the shadow cabinet. Mr Brady has nonetheless "been severely reprimanded by the Chief Whip and told to stick to his brief," according to a party spokeswoman who issued a statement to the Press Association.
3.15pm: The Manchester Evening News now has the story.