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May notes Corbyn's PMQs appearance could be his last

Theresa May paid barbed tribute to the opposition leader.

Prime Minister Theresa May ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn's record as Labour leader in his final appearance before his contest with challenger Owen Smith is settled.

"I recognise that this may very well be the last time that he has an opportunity to face me across this dispatch box - certainly if his members of parliament have anything to do with it, " she said at Prime Minister's Questions.

She added: "I accept that he and I don't agree on everything, well actually be don't probably agree on anything."

Mrs May added a barbed tribute to Mr Corbyn, who in spite of opposition from his MPs is favourite to be returned as leader thanks to huge support among his party's voting membership.

"He has made his mark," she told the Commons. "He wants coal mines without mining them, submarines without sailing them and he wants to be Labour leader without leading them."

She added: "One thing we know: whoever is Labour leader after their leadership election, it will be the country that loses."

The deadline for ballot papers to be returned in the contest between Corbyn and Smith is September 21, with the result to be announced at a special conference in London three days later.


May challenges Corbyn to welcome employment boost

Theresa May criticised her opponent for failing to mention the latest employment figures.

Prime Minister Theresa May challenged Jeremy Corbyn to "welcome the employment figures today" that showed unemployment had fallen by 39,000 to 1.63 million between May and July.

Mrs May said it meant "more people in work than ever before, wages rising above inflation that's more people with a pay packet, more money in those pay packets".

She added: "What would Labour offer? More taxation and misery for working families."

Jeremy Corbyn said zero hours contracts still meant uncertainty for almost a million in work.

Mr Corbyn said he was glad to see people in work but attacked the uncertainty in the job markets.

"Of course I welcome anyone who has managed to get a job (to help) keep their families together," Mr Corbyn replied.

"The problem is there is almost a million of them on zero hours contracts who don't know what they're going to be paid from one week to the other."

May and Corbyn clash over grammar schools at PMQs

Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of pursuing an education policy of "segregation" as the pair clashed at Prime Ministers Questions over the Government's aim to introduce new grammar schools.

The Labour leader dedicated a series of questions to the controversial policy, challenging the Prime Minister to name any education experts that back her on introducing more selection into schools.

Mrs May refused to name a significant backer, but accused Mr Corbyn of living in the past, saying: "Can I say to the honorable gentleman that he needs to stop casting his mind back to the 1950s."

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of introducing a system of segregation.

Despite opposition from some sections of her own party - including the outgoing former prime minister David Cameron - on selection, she attempted to define the difference between her party and her rival leader.

"He believes in equality of outcome. We believe in equality of opportunity," she said. "He believes in levelling down. We believe in levelling up."

Mr Corbyn replied: "Equality of opportunity is not segregation at the age of 11."

Mrs May said both leaders had benefitted from the system. "He went to a grammar school. I went to a grammar school. It's what got us where we are today."

Mr Corbyn said he wanted the education system to offer "good education for every child".

Mixed reaction from parents on grammar school plans

The government's plans for a new wave of grammar schools as part of education reforms were met with a mixed reaction at a York primary school.

One parent, who attended a grammar school herself, welcomed the move and said children already sit SATs at the age of 11, so those who are able will "survive" selection tests.

However, other parents disagreed with the proposal, and one said: "You're selecting out the best kids and then the kids that get left behind..I think it's a disgrace."

Corbyn: Selectivity at 11 not a 'sensible' way forward

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the Government's plans to introduce new selective schools.

Under plans unveiled by the prime minister, children will sit new selection tests aimed at assessing their "true potential", Theresa May said.

"I want good education for every child. Selectivity at 11 divides communities, divides children and ends up giving a good chance to a minority and less chance to the majority."

"I don't think that's a very sensible way forward for our country," he added.

Mrs May said schools will be urged to recruit at 14 and 16 as well as 11 to avoid the danger of children being written off as non-academic at the start of their secondary careers.


Chief Rabbi welcomes an end to 50% rule at faith schools

The prime minister has said faith schools will be allowed to select more pupils based on religion. Credit: PA

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has backed the government's plans to end the 50% cap on the proportion of pupils selected by religion at faith schools.

He said: "For many years, without the 50% rule, the Jewish community proudly built schools which did not compromise on outstanding academic standards, an immersive Jewish atmosphere and a total commitment to promoting the values of integration and tolerance.

"I wholeheartedly support the Government's proposals, which will enable us to return to that arrangement."

Charity: Grammars only support small number of children

The prime minister has outlined plans for new grammar schools. Credit: PA

Sam Freedman, executive director of programmes for charity Teach First, has said grammar schools will not support those who would "benefit most from a good education".

Reacting to Theresa May's announcementthat selective schools will be expanded, he said: "Even with quotas, by their nature grammar schools will only ever support a small proportion of children and not those who would benefit most from a good education.

"We already know the best ways to use education to support social mobility and we need to focus on making sure all pupils get an outstanding education, leaving school ready for life in a global economy."

Farron: May's education policy 'regressive and divisive'

Tim Farron said the prime minister's grammar schools policy is 'flawed'. Credit: PA

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said Theresa May's plans for new grammar schools is "regressive".

He tweeted: "This education policy is flawed and muddled. It is regressive and divisive. It's an ideological shake up when it's not needed."

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