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The Education Secretary Michael Gove has been accused of being 'outrageous' and 'offensive' after claiming that some schools in County Durham 'smell of defeatism.'
The Conservative MP made the remarks during a speech about under-achieving - and highlighted East Durham as a place with low ambition.
Teachers and MPs have furiously denied the claim, saying that Mr Gove has spoken without even visiting the area.
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