Labour’s candidate for Newbury, Alex Skirvin, talked about education as he began campaigning.
Mr Skirvin has been meeting voters and canvassing their views since it was revealed last week he will fight the general election.
He has said he is an opponent to the expansion of grammar schools.
He said: “One of the main subjects that worries people is that of education.
“I’m a firm opponent of the Tory grammar schools agenda. Grammar schools are proven to lower the educational attainment of the poorest children.
“Every child has a right to a quality education – not the right to sit a single, life-defining exam at the age of 11.”
Mr Skirvin also spoke against university tuition fees during his first speech.
He added: “I left university with nearly £50,000 of debt – it’s likely to hang around my neck for the rest of my life.
“Tuition fees are the ultimate tax on aspiration. People like me have been punished for buckling down, working hard and wanting to get on.”