Yesterday I did a post about the Shadow Northern Ireland Minister, David Lidington, who is the MP for Aylesbury Vale. He had been quoted in an article in the Bucks Herald supporting the leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, David Shakespeare, who had written to David Willets personally stating that Bucks CC would be building more Grammar schools, probably in Aylesbury, to keep pace with the housing demand in the town.
Aylesbury has grown massively in the past twenty years, and is still growing, and the three grammar schools, Aylesbury Grammar for Boys, Aylesbury High School for Girls, and the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School (mixed) stating to creak at the seams. As he put it,
"We are clearly falling into the trap of focusing on school structure rather than concentrating on what really matters, the quality of teaching and learning, and the ability to offer a range of learning opportunities to meet the needs of all children. One size most definitely does not fit all. The new policy presents us with particular problems in terms of the need for additional school places to accommodate the housing growth imposed upon us by this Labour government".Today we have learned that Dominic Grieve, the MP for Beaconsfield, has echoed the leader of Bucks County Council's position in the Buckinghamshire Advertiser and now there is talk of a U-Turn by the leadership.
What is interesting here is the Buckinghamshire connection. Right now everyone is looking at Dominic Grieve as the catalyst for the so-called "U-Turn". Actually I think they're looking in the wrong place. David Shakespeare is where this all kicked off. What's more, all the Buckinghamshire MPs have now issued a statement welcoming the move by the leadership.