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This week David Cameron announced his decision to not build anymore grammar schools but support Tony Blair’s academy system instead. This has resulted in a fall in the Tory support from 36% to 35%, while Labour has increased its support from 27% to 31% shown in the Independent newspaper according to a recent poll. In reaction Tory frontbencher, Graham Brady, has resigned as Shadow Europe Minister, while frontbenchers Michael Howard, Liam Fox and David Davis are all reported to be angry over the issue according to The Times.
This is a surprising turnaround by David Cameron, after a YouGov poll in the Telegraph stated that 70% of the Tory base are in favour of grammar schools, while 49% of voters are in support of a mix between selective and secondary modern schools.
David Cameron has hit back at critics, according to an article in the Independent newspaper, by stating that in 18 years of Tory power not one of the schools was built, claiming that the fact that they didn’t affect the past means it shouldn’t affect the future.
What seemd like a certain Conservative victory in the next General Election has now become wide open. Could this be classed as an opportunitic policy backfired, intending to claim the middle ground under Labour’s feet? Is David Cameron right or wrong in his assessment that no more grammer schools should be built?