Loughton slams DfE
Former children's minister Tim Loughton has renewed his attack on the Department for Education, accusing officials of "rewriting history".
The Conservative backbencher yesterday launched a stinging attack on Michael Gove's stewardship of the department, claiming the children's and families agenda was increasingly being neglected.
A DfE spokesperson last night said the accusations were "completely unfounded", and insisted child welfare was "at the heart" of the Government's reforms.
But the former children's minister this afternoon tweeted
: "Oh dear- 'snr sources at DFE' briefing against 'lazy and narcissistic Loughton'. I thought we were rewriting the history curric not history!"
He was responding to comments from an unnamed Department for Education source, who told the Spectator's Coffee House blog: ‘Loughton spent his time pandering to pressure groups so they would praise him on Twitter. Loughton wouldn’t focus on child sex abuse unless it was all over TV and the DfE now has to pick up the pieces. Loughton was a lazy incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion."
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 government and opposition.