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Morgan slammed by Gove ally

Sir Anthony Seldon has criticised Nicky Morgan’s work as Education Secretary and predicted she will be replaced after the election.

In an article for The Times, Sir Anthony praises Ms Morgan’s predecessor Michael Gove as the “outstanding post-war education secretary”.

Ms Morgan will announce today that a new College of Teaching will allow teachers to set their own standards, and take a lead in proving skills and abilities across the profession, to put them on an equal footing with medicine and law.

The Sun reports that the Coalition4Marriage pressure group believes Ms Morgan is in the “fight of her life” to hold on to her seat in the next election.


Morgan looks to distance herself from Gove

The new Education Secretary has distanced herself from the record of her predecessor Michael Gove.

Nicky Morgan appeared to play down the importance of Mr Gove's flagship free schools programme, and heaped praised on the outstanding teaching profession.

Ms Morgan added that she felt Labour and the Conservatives were more united on education policy than it appeared.


Cam seeks answers on May & Gove row

David Cameron has stepped into the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over allegations of extremism in schools.

The Prime Minister has asked for a full account of the reported disagreement between the Education Secretary and Home Secretary, which threatened to overshadow today's Queen's Speech.

The pair have attempted to dampen the spat over the alleged Islamist takeover of schools in Birmingham by insisting that they are "working together" to fix the problem.

It follows the Home Secretary’s decision to write to her Cabinet colleague warning there needs to be “clear action to improve the quality of staffing and governance”, including a mandatory code of conduct, to stop extremism in schools.

The Home Secretary also raised reports that the Government had been warned of a problem four years ago: “Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”

But the Times reports that the Education Secretary believes the Home Office has been too focused on violent extremism and failed to “drain the swamp” of other forms of radicalisation.

In a rare joint statement this morning, a spokesperson for Mr Gove and Ms May said: "The Department for Education and the Home Office take the problems in Birmingham schools and all issues relating to extremism very seriously.

"Michael Gove and Theresa May are working together to ensure we get to the bottom of what has happened in Birmingham and take the necessary steps to fix it."

A subsequent joint statement added: "There is no difference between the Education Secretary and the Home Secretary who are both working energetically together to tackle the challenge posed by any form of extremism."

The Prime Minister’s spokesman this morning refused to be drawn on whether David Cameron met with Mr Gove this morning, saying only that “he meets all his cabinet colleges very regularly”.

The spokesman also stressed that the Government was focused on resolving the problems in the schools, rather than the political row.

“The important thing here is getting to the bottom of the concerns that have been raised about schools in the Birmingham area. That is the focus and rightly so.”


Morgan: I am no ideological warrior

Nicky Morgan has distanced herself from Michael Gove, her predecessor as education secretrary, saying she is not an “ideological warrior” and wants to "tone down the rhetoric".

Speaking last night at Birmingham University, she insisted that she remained committed to Mr Gove’s reforms, but said she felt uncomfortable with his battle with the education establishment.

 


Gove and May reported to watchdog over opera tickets

Michael Gove and Theresa May could face an investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over opera tickets they received.

Labour reported the two high-profile Tories, asking whether the ministers should have declared tickets to the Royal Opera House in the MPs' register of interests.

Tycoon Gerald Ronson and his wife Dame Gail Ronson funded the hospitality. Both Mr Gove and Ms May state they attended the events in their capacity as ministers.


Cameron faces internal criticism over drink levy

David Cameron is facing a backlash from his own Cabinet over plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley claim the move is unfair on low-income drinkers who consume responsibly. Meanwhile a study from the Adam Smith Institute has cast doubt on whether a minimum price would be successful in cutting crime and preventing health problems.


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