From the BBC website today
The Conservatives are to abandon their support for grammar schools by saying academic selection is unfair to poorer families and limits social mobility.
Shadow education secretary David Willetts will say in a speech that academic selection "entrenches" advantage rather than spreading it.
In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry, Mr Willetts will firmly distance the party from grammar schools - arguing that any 11-plus selection is heavily weighted in favour of middle-class families. It is "fantasy" to think selection at age 11 can be fair, he will argue.
Rather than helping bright children from poor backgrounds, Mr Willetts believes grammar schools are dominated by better-off families.
"We must break free from the belief that academic selection is any longer the way to transform the life chances of bright poor kids," Mr Willetts will tell business leaders.
"We just have to recognise that there is overwhelming evidence that such academic selection entrenches advantage, it does not spread it."
He will say the numbers of poorer children getting into grammar schools is "shockingly low", although the Conservatives will not abolish existing ones.
The willingness of ambitious middle-class parents to put time and money into extra tuition for their children means that it is impossible to create a fair test to select children at the age of 11, Mr Willetts will say.