Tomorrow, Plymouth Labour is taking part in Labour's national education campaign day. The Tory policy on Grammar Schools is in chaos. Announced without proper thought or the electoral mandate from the people it is unravelling but it is not yet defeated.
I believe strongly that all schools should be good schools. I worry that this hasn't been thought through properly. Plymouth has never had a proper comprehensive education system as we have three grammar schools. The rushed Tory policy doesn't say what should happen to them, whether they're affected by this policy or what happens to the children in grammars already.
I went to a comprehensive school and I want to see every child in Plymouth go to a good school. We are lucky we have some amazing teachers and support staff in our city - the last thing they need is yet another costly reorganisation and interference from Government. Let the teachers get on and teach and let's keep the politicians out of it.
We were planning on using tomorrow's canvassing to talk about Tory and UKIP plans to scrap your weekly bin collection. We'll now be talking about grammar schools as well. Find out more on Labour's website plymouthlabour.org but in the meantime why not read this article in the Herald about our campaign day tomorrow. If you are free, come along and help us stop this Tory policy.