From Gary Kent in Manchester:
The four main parties and the Secretary of State set out their stalls in the run up to the deadline of 24th november. The local representatives rehearsed their lines and none of them blinked. However, the DUPs Nigel Dodds surprised many with his response to a question on integrated education.
He said that “the best way is for people to be educated together” and argued that “if we were starting again with a blank sheet of paper….the state would fund the education of kids and anyone else wanting to educate their kids separately (should) pay for it.” Not far from the argument recently put forward by the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee.