The Wycombe Labour Party said it “beggars belief” that there are nearly 100 empty Year 7 school spaces in Buckinghamshire.

Latest figures released by educational campaign group, Local, Equal and Excellent (LEE), reveal that there are currently 91 free spaces at the county’s grammar schools.

Rebecca Hickman, from LEE, said these figures show the grammar schools are serving their local community “less and less”, with many spaces being taken by non-Bucks children.

But Philip Wayne, the chairman of the Buckinghamshire grammar schools, said that it is not unusual for there to be spaces, adding that these empty places might be filled by those students going through the appeals process.

Now, David Williams, Wycombe Labour’s parliamentary candidate, said those living outside the county are “elbowing” Buckinghamshire children out of secondary school spots and is calling for the abolishment of the 11 Plus exam.

Mr Williams said: “Wycombe Labour have been calling on Tory politicians for months to speak out on the now discredited 11 Plus.

“We have been calling on them to explain why state schools in Wycombe have an average pass rate of 14 per cent while private schools have a pass rate of 65 per cent.

“We have been calling on them to explain why disadvantaged pupils in Bucks do so poorly at GCSE compared to their peers – the inequality is the worst in the country.

“We have been calling on Tory politicians to explain why so many children from outside Bucks get places in our grammar schools and are elbowing out our children.

“And now we find that the grammar schools have vacant places. It beggars belief.

“But all we have heard is silence. Silence from the local Tory MPs, silence from Tory councillors on Bucks County Council and silence for that matter from all the other local political parties.

“Let me say clearly and unequivocally that the 11 Plus is unfair and disadvantages children from state schools, ethnic minorities and poorer families. There is no such thing as a fair 11 Plus and it should be abolished.

“All our children deserve an excellent education in their local school. A comprehensive system is the only way to achieve this.”