Tories cutting education spending while giving corporates and millionaires £70bn tax breaks

I’ve faced more than my fair share of rejection. Getting sacked for union activities on the ships. ­Losing in two Labour deputy leadership races. The Tories beating us in eight general elections.

As I discovered, the sourness of defeat only makes victory taste even sweeter.

But there is a bitterness that still consumes me. That to this day still makes me feel inferior. Failing my 11-plus to go to grammar school.

My dad said he’d buy a bike for me and my brother Ray if we passed it. Ray got the bike. I got a daily 16-mile bus ride to

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