Responding to reports that the chair of the 1922 Committee has said there will be a modest pilot of grammar schools in inner urban areas, leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:
"Even a modest extension of grammar schools is still unacceptable. It is a betrayal of the principle of comprehensive education. It needs to be thrown out of the window.
"This election delivered a message to the Conservatives, people do not want to go in this direction. Theresa May needs to axe her plan for grammar schools like its architect Nick Timothy has been axed.
"People want a country that is fairer not the rose tinted spectacles of the 1950s."