Cameron and Clegg in urgent meeting to cool Coalition row

Coalition tensions reached a serious enough point for David Cameron and Nick Clegg to have met today to try to bring a halt to tit-for-tat leaking.

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Cameron defends free schools amid budget claims

David Cameron defended the "excellent" free schools project on The Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC / The Andrew Marr Show

David Cameron has defended his government's record on school place, after claims the Department of Education used money earmarked for school expansions to pay for a shortfall in budget for free schools.

Speaking on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said: "Free schools are new schools in the state sector and they are an excellent innovation.

"Two-thirds of the first free schools got good or excellent ratings from Ofsted, which is actually better than equivalent schools."

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