Tory leadership latest: ‘More grammar schools in every area,’ Liz Truss says

British Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss at the Conservative Party leadership election hustings at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, Britain 19 August 2022 - PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
British Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss at the Conservative Party leadership election hustings at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, Britain 19 August 2022 – PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Liz Truss has given her strongest support yet for grammar schools as she said on Friday night that she wants to see more selective schools across the country.

Speaking at the ninth hustings of the Conservative leadership race, the Foreign Secretary said she wants more free schools and “more grammar schools in every area”.

She told the audience of Tory party members: “I send both of my daughters to a grammar school but they only had that choice because we’re in a particular part of London. I want people to have that choice right across the country.”

Labour imposed a ban on the establishment of new state grammar schools in 1998. If she reverses this, it would prompt the biggest revolution in English education for half a century.

The reversal of the ban would go much further than her leadership rival Rishi Sunak, who has previously said that he would only go so far as supporting the expansion of existing grammar schools.

Ms Truss also vowed to slash red tape for farmers, says they’re spending too much time “ticking boxes” rather than producing food

And she labelled Andy Burnham the “miserabilist mayor… who doesn’t want opportunities” for people in Manchester.

The hustings on Friday night, hosted by GB News, was the third hustings this week alone, with both leadership candidates having already gone head-to-head in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The contest is now entering its final stages, with just over two weeks to go before the Prime Minister is announced on September 5.

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