Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • Eye Spy MP | Peter Bone at Toddington services with his royal blue jumper on inside out.

    • source icon
    • 20:02
  • Dan Hodges | Ed Milband’s new guru David Axelrod has to persuade the voters to be totally ill...

    • source icon
    • 19:59
  • How will Tony Banks,Chair of Business for Independence,explain to the Scottish C...

    • source icon
    • 19:33
  • Gary Younge | On race, the US is not as improved as some would have us believe

    • source icon
    • 19:30
  • Owen Jones | What Alan Carr taught me about gay men's prejudice

    • source icon
    • 18:47
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

Story Tracker

Select Story:

Gove slammed by ex-minister

Gove slammed by ex-minister
Former children's minister Tim Loughton has launched a stinging attack on Michael Gove's stewardship of the Department for Education.

Mr Loughton said the department was being run in an "anachronistic and bureaucratic" manner, and that the children's and families agenda was increasingly being neglected by Mr Gove.

The Tory MP was removed from the post of children's minister last year, after many years covering the children and families brief both in goverment and opposition.

Speaking to the Education Committee today, Mr Loughton said: "Ministers rarely go to other parts of the department. Most officials never met the Secretary of State other than when he would troop out a few chosen people for the New Year’s party.

"That is no way to run an important department. It’s terribly anachronistic, terribly bureaucratic, terribly formal in that respect."

He also expressed worries that his former brief of children’s care was being neglected at the expense of Mr Gove’s “radical” changes to the running of schools.

"I think my experience though, is that being a minister at the Children and Families Department, along with Sarah Teather, we were a declining priority in the department,” he said. "My great concern is that the children and families agenda has been greatly downgraded since the reshuffle."

Labour seized on Mr Loughton's comments. Lisa Nandy, Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, said: "Just a few days after the police and NSPCC report into Jimmy Savile, a former minister has lifted the lid on David Cameron and Michael Gove's education department, warning that they are failing to make child protection a high enough priority. That is an incredibly serious issue.""

Green Box: Gove slammed by ex-ministerClick to open

+ Expand all - Collapse all

Recommended External Links

Full access for £22 a month...

PoliticsHome PRO Find out more