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Justine Greening fails her own 11+ test

Justine Greening

There are few things sadder than a minister trying to defend a policy she doesn’t really believe in. This time last week no one, especially the education secretary, was talking about grammar schools. Then a photographer snapped a No 10 adviser with a briefing note on grammars and Justine Greening was forced to come to the Commons to answer an urgent question about them. “I know nothing about anything,” said Greening. “But when I do, I’ll let you know.”

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan visits Argentina

Sir Alan Duncan MP

Sir Alan Duncan will on Monday become the first Foreign Office minister to visit Argentina since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 in the strongest sign yet that Anglo-Argentinian relations are recovering despite the continuing dispute over the Falkland Islands.