Gove and Twigg clash over 'spin'
Michael Gove and Stephen Twigg were embroiled in a war of words today over vocational education and allegations of 'spin' against a former minister.
The Education Secretary has written to his Labour shadow, asking him to clarify his party's policy on the 'TechBacc'. In a letter seen by PoliticsHome
, Mr Gove wrote: "I am keen to reach consensus on the important question of how we improve vocational education, after the mistakes made by the last Government. It would help me, and others, if you could let me know exactly where you stand."
But Mr Twigg wrote his own letter
to the DfE Permanent Secretary Chris Wormald, calling for an investigation into whether civil servants had broken the Code of Conduct for launching a "personal attack" on Tim Loughton.
Last week Mr Loughton - a minister at the DfE until September - told the Education Select Committee the children and families agenda was "a declining priority" for the department.
But a DfE official hit back, allegedly telling journalists Mr Loughton was a "lazy incompetent narcissist obsessed with self-promotion".
Meanwhile, the PCS union today warned Mr Gove that public sector employees in the DfE were preparing to ballot for industrial action over job cuts.
"These ideological cuts will not only mean misery for 1,000 of Mr Gove's own staff but also put at risk some vital public services, such as ensuring children are safe at school and supporting special educational needs," PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said.