Last-minute inclusion of mock exam results follows U-turn over Scotland grades

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has responded to today’s bleak economic figures, which show Britain has entered the deepest recession since records began.

“I’ve said before that hard times were ahead, and today’s figures confirm that hard times are here,” he said.

Unsurprisingly, Labour has something to say about the government’s change of heart on exam results in England and Wales.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green, the MP for Stretford and Urmston in Greater Manchester, said one of the problems is many students would not have sat mock exams.

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