ToryretreatI tried.  I honestly tried.  But nine-and-a-half hours later and it’s difficult to move on when the front page of the London Evening Standard is correctly portraying a partial "retreat" by the Tories on grammar schools.   The fact is Tory spokesmen have been saying publicly and privately that there would be no new grammar schools.  But when Dominic Grieve MP publicly argued that Buckinghamshire should be able to build new grammar schools if needed – to meet the county’s rising population – the party leadership decided that they couldn’t afford another frontbencher to be forced out.  The party is, of course, denying any retreat but the whole thing is becoming a shambles.

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