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Prince Charles asked Blair's govt for 'more grammar schools'

The Prince of Wales tried to persuade Tony Blair's government to expand grammar schools, former education secretary David Blunkett has said. Charles "didn't like" it when his request was refused, according to a BBC Radio 4 documentary.

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Ex-PM admits changing policy after talks with Queen

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major occasionally changed policy as a result of discussions with the Queen, a BBC documentary revealed.

The Queen and former British Prime Minister John Major Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool

Asked if he remembered being influenced by the Queen, Sir John said: "I think every prime minister can think that, and can think of occasions where that happened.

"But the answer is yes of course. It would be very foolish indeed not to be influenced."

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