Friday, 9 September 2016

The Telegraph: Theresa May's school reforms could force her to call an early election

The Telegraph: Theresa May's school reforms could force her to call an early election

by Juliet Samuel

"Mrs May’s government was already precarious. Her reform agenda for education will make it untenable unless she bows to political logic and holds an early General Election.

For one thing she has a majority of 17, fewer than the number of ministers she sacked. Many Tories will support her education reforms, but not all of them: David Cameron, for one, repeatedly said he thought opening more grammar schools would be a mistake.

Even if she can get the bill through the House of Commons, she will not be able to get it into law. Leaders in the House of Lords have already declared they’ll block it, according to The Huffington Post. Mrs May will be powerless to override them quickly because her reforms were not in the Conservatives’ manifesto.

That means she would have to get it through the Commons two times, over three years, to override the Lords and get it onto the statute book. All of that would have to during the throes of a contentious Brexit negotiation that could tear the Tories apart at any moment."

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