The defeat came this afternoon when Shadow Education spokesman Nick Gibb told Channel Four News:
'If there has been a huge increase in population in an area that currently has a grammar school and has a grammar school system, then we will look at it on a case by case basis to see whether there is a case for building one or two more grammar schools simply to maintain the status quo, to maintain the proportion of children that will be able to go to that grammar school.'This is a humiliating u-turn after Cameron promised 'no more Grammar Schools' just a couple of weeks ago.
His climb-down today shows that the Tories remain unchanged and unreformed - and still wedded to Grammar Schools, which Cameron himself says he no longer believes in.
It is now clear that the man who wants to run the country can't even run his own shadow cabinet!
UPDATE: The Daily Mail has now picked up on this story, under the headline:
Tory u-turn: We WILL build grammar schools