Labour's new shadow education secretary has expressed regret for dismissing the Conservatives' flagship free schools policy as a "vanity project for yummy mummies".
Tristram Hunt confirmed that a Labour government would not close down any of the free schools established under the reforms pioneered by Education Secretary Michael Gove. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he said:
I regret those comments because I think any parents, be they yummy mummies or faddy daddies, involved in the education of their children is great.
I am putting rocket boosters on getting behind parents and social entrepreneurs.
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