Chairman of the Support Kent Schools campaign is Eric Hammond,
former General Secretary of the Electricians Union and Chairman
of the Governors of Gravesend Grammar School for Boys.
He lives in Gravesend. He is a lifelong member of the Labour
Party and was on the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. He is
now a member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
He says "Grammar Schools ballots offer a significant
threat to the future of secondary education in Kent, and it is
not just the Grammars that are at risk"
"If these ballots are lost, all secondary schools
will have to reorganise. This will be painful as there will not
be any Government money to fund the process. Children's education
will suffer. The Government has said that parents will make the
decision. We welcome this but need to mobilise and inform parents
of the dangers."