Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Rishi Sunak

‎”I stand here today as the first Prime Minister of our country to have gone to a comprehensive school.”

PM Liz Truss, Conservative Conference Speech

Facts

According to Full Fact, “At least one other previous Prime Minister attended a comprehensive school. Theresa May’s biography on the government website says that she received some private education, but also went to a comprehensive. This appears to be a reference to Wheatley Park, a former grammar school near Oxford that became a comprehensive in 1971, when Mrs May was 14. 

“A spokesperson for Wheatley Park told Full Fact that Mrs May joined the school when she was 13 “when the Upper School site was still Holton Girls Grammar School, and left it after her Sixth Form by which time it was the Upper School site of Wheatley Park Comprehensive School. The school was officially a comprehensive from September 1971.””

Verdict

Liz Truss’ claim to Tory members that she was the first British Prime Minister to have gone to a comprehensive school was false.

We emailed Liz Truss’ office offering her the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply.  

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