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Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to news that schools will proceed with legal action on this summer's GCSE English and that 45,000 pupils will retake GCSE English, said:

“Had Michael Gove taken decisive action, we wouldn't be in this mess. Instead, he chose not to act in the interest of fairness. It shows just how out of touch he is. 

“Thousands of young people have already missed out on their college place, sixth form option or apprenticeship as a result of the Tory-led Government refusing to take responsibility.”

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