Peter Hoskin

A heckle which might reverberate across the campaign

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Mark the date: the first major heckle of the election campaign happened today, and Gordon Brown was the victim.  The perp was one Ben Butterworth, and he was angry at how his children can't get into their choice of state school – a frustration which will be shared by thousands of parents across the country.  I wonder what they'll think when they see that Brown ignored the man.

The Tories will seize on this with considerable joy.  Their plans for widening school choice are – as the leader says in tomorrow's magazine – the best reason for voting Conservative.  Mr Butterworth might just have made himself the poster boy for that argument.

Anyway, here's the video: