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The parties rely heavily on market research, as Michael Gove knows, but it’s often a serious mistake to do so Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin criticised the decision to replace Owen Paterson as Environment Secretary. “Reshuffles are not about policy and principle; they’re about presentation and positioning. Some barbs were being removed – I think some unwisely. ... Continue to article
Margot James argued that the promotion of women in the recent reshuffle masked more deep-seated problems of a lack of female representation in the Conservative party. “Having looked at the numbers, I’m quite surprised, given all the hype... Continue to article
Michael Gove lost his job partly due to his unpopularity with voters, but was David Cameron right to be swayed by public opinion? Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield “To defeat a populist party, you defeat them conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep, street by street, community by community.” Douglas Alexander is i... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the housing benefit reform known as the bedroom tax was not “working in the way that it was intended” and needed to be fixed. “We are not binning the whole thing, we are actually going to say that it has to apply to new t... Continue to article
David Cameron has defended Michael Gove's record as education secretary, as he clashed with the Labour leader on yesterday's Government reshuffle. Mr Gove was moved to Chief Whip in the wide-ranging shake-up yesterday, and Ed Miliband op... Continue to article
The Government's new Chief Whip Michael Gove has said he is "delighted" with his new role. "The Prime Minister was, I think, incredibly flattering when he asked me if I would join his core team in order to help shape the agenda - not jus... Continue to article
David Cameron said his new ministerial team, following today's reshuffle, reflected modern Britain. “This is a fresh team with the ideas, the energy, the policy and the ability to take this country forward, to complete the long-term econ... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said Michael Gove had become a “polarising figure” in his role as Education Secretary. “The Prime Minster has at last realised what pupils, teachers and parents have been saying for years – that the Government’s education p... Continue to article
Downing Street said Michael Gove has been involved in the planning of today's reshuffle and that lobby journalists should expect to see "a great deal" of him on TV and radio. The Prime Minster's Official Spokesman said Mr Gove had "been... Continue to article
Christine Blower said the removal of Michael Gove as Education Secretary to Chief Whip in today’s Government reshuffle would be welcomed by teachers. “I have to say; although it will be a surprise it will be a very pleasant one for lo... Continue to article
Cabinet moves Michael Gove moves from Department for Education to become Chief Whip. Nicky Morgan moves from the Treasury to become Education Secretary. She also adds the Equalities brief to her role as Minister for Women. Philip H... Continue to article
Thanks to a couple of technical problems, some subscribers haven't received this morning's Waugh Room Memo. Here it is in full: Paul Waugh is away. Today’s memo is written by Josh May. A huge day looms as David Cameron fina... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Northern Ireland questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Ministerial statement on the special measures regime and next steps Presentation of bill: Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation... Continue to article
Michael Gove said striking teachers were hurting their colleagues. “There’s absolutely nothing that’s off the table [in negotiations]. The only thing I fear is that a small number of people within one union want to make an ideological po... Continue to article
Department for Education press release Please find below extracts of Michael Gove’s speech to the Education Reform Summit tomorrow. He will be addressing an audience of education reformers from overseas and across England. Speech ext... Continue to article
Education Sec Michael Gove says probe into abuse should be "proportionate & focused" centred on allegations of "genuine concern" #marrshow
Michael Gove agreed that people were right to be concerned about claims of child sex abuse, and insisted the Government had taken the right approach to investigating the state's response. "[There is] understandable concern and the Prime ... Continue to article
The adviser who quit in the wake of a row between Theresa May and Michael Gove gets a job with a leading think-tank. Continue to article
Dominic Cummings’ personal attack on David Cameron was an attempt to prevent Michael Gove from being sacked in the upcoming reshuffle, a Labour MP has claimed. Meg Hillier said it was clear that the Education Secretary’s former special a... Continue to article
William Hague held talks with his Iranian counterpart on the crisis in Iraq over the weekend, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said this morning the Foreign Secretary had discussed the situation because of the “reg... Continue to article
Michael Gove's team don't seem keen to answer phones after rip-roaring comments by Dom (@odysseanproject) Cummings.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks about the direction of the Liberal Democrats 2015 election manifesto Defence secretary Philip Hammond unveils the new RAF Chinook mark 6 helicopters in Hook (08.30) Education secretary Michael ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron undertakes a regional tour of the Midlands and Yorkshire Education secretary Michael Gove (16.50) and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt (11.30) speak at the Sunday Times festival of education in Brackn... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a National Security Council to discuss Iraq and meets with Estonian prime minister Taavi Roivas at Downing Street Chancellor George Osborne meets with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang Business sec... Continue to article
The home secretary has lost her grip as passport minister I predicted the pent-up demand six years ago It's been a pretty bad week for the Home Office: first the row with Michael Gove over Birmingham ... Continue to article
David Hanson said Theresa May had failed to act on warnings from the Opposition about potential problems in the Passport Office. “It’s clear the Home Secretary’s been caught sleeping on the job. We’ve been telling her for many weeks that... Continue to article
Charles Clarke criticised the Coalition for marginalising religious education on the national curriculum “Extremism in schools and elsewhere is a classic ‘too difficult’ box issue. I think the way to tackle it is by the values of a socie... Continue to article
Baroness Warsi was asked whether her opposition to the repeal of Section 28 (legislation that prohibited the promotion of homosexuality in schools) was compatible with her identification of tolerance as a fundamental British value. Speaking... Continue to article
An Oxfam tweet criticised by Conservative MPs as overtly political has not shifted the PM's views on economic policy, Downing Street has said. The Prime Mininister's Official Spokesperson said that deficit reduction, criticised as leadin... Continue to article
After Michael Gove made his controversial announcement that schools would have to promote "British values", Twitter has hit back by ridiculing the Government with their own suggestions as to what valu... Continue to article
Francis Maude said there would be further efficiency savings imposed on government departments following his announcement today, alongside the Chancellor, that £14.3bn has already been saved. “We expect efficiency savings frankly ... Continue to article
"There is something rather unBritish about seeking to define Britishness". Michael Gove in Prospect Magazine 2007.
Downing Street insisted that the Department for Education and Ofsted were "working closely together" following the dispute over Ofsted’s claims that Michael Gove blocked the introduction of snap inspections two years ago. The Prime Minis... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said he was concerned that Ofsted and the Department for Education were involved in a "briefing war" against each other. "It's very worrying that the two men who should be working together to counter any allegations of extr... Continue to article
Next Tuesday Michael Gove will overtake David Blunkett to become longest serving Education Secretary since Sir Keith Joseph (1981-86)
Sir Michael Wilshaw said he called on Michael Gove to look at no notice inspections a few years ago but it was rolled back. "Where there's great turbulence in staffing, great turbulence in terms of leadership, things can go badly wrong. ... Continue to article
Ofsted's Sir Michael Wilshaw tells @itvnews Michael Gove refused spot checks on schools. Re Trojan Horse; "It would have made a difference".
Tristram Hunt said the Government failed to act on the early warning signs of the 'Trojan Horse' row. "Our concern with the Government is that they've known this for four years and they have failed to act, and in the House of Commons thi... Continue to article
All schools will be forced to uphold and teach "British values" under new plans unveiled by Michael Gove. The Education Secretary addressed the Commons this afternoon on the Government's investigation into allegations made about Islamist... Continue to article
Theresa May today insisted she did not authorise a letter attacking Michael Gove, as she was forced to defend her conduct in the Commons. The Home Secretary faced an Urgent Question from Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper over her role... Continue to article
Liam Byrne said Ofsted had questions given the developments in the 'Trojan Horse' schools row and needed to address concerns that their inspection framework was "not fit for purpose". "There are suggestions that both Birmingham City Coun... Continue to article
Today at Bloomberg Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will deliver a speech entitled ‘Opportunity for Everyone’. The recent local and European election results were incredibly difficult for the Liberal... Continue to article
Downing Street said that Theresa May did not know about the publication of a letter on the Home Office website last week criticising Michael Gove for his handling of allegations about extremism in schools. The Prime Minister’s Official Spo... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said failures in both the Department for Education and the Home Office had contributed to the problem of radicalisation in schools. “I think I would be asking him [Michael Gove] this afternoon why he didn’t act for the... Continue to article
A Labour MP has accused Michael Gove and Theresa May of hijacking the so-called 'Trojan Horse' schools scandal and turning it into a row over Bridget Phillipson said it was "a shame" that the Education Secretary and Home Secretary were u... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May, which led to one of Ms May’s special advisers resigning, was “very unhelpful”. “When spads are briefing against other spads, attacking their own side. And I think what’s com... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt called on the Education Secretary Michael Gove to reveal when he was first warned of a potential threat of radicalisation in some Birmingham schools. “Parents in Birmingham schools will be very disappointed by the political... Continue to article
Lord Turnbull said he was not surprised by the spat between Theresa May and Michael Gove. "Not really [surprised], these things have always happened, I wouldn't put this particular case high up on the Beaufort scale, certainly nothing li... Continue to article
William Hague praised David Cameron's response to the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May and insisted team discipline had been maintained within the Government. “This has been looked into by the Cabinet Secretary and in response t... Continue to article
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.”
Michael Gove has “unashamedly” pandered to the Tory right in his desire to become leader, according to Labour’s Andrew Adonis.
In an interview with The House magazine, Lord Adonis confirmed he was in regular contact with Mr Gove, and praised him for putting academies at the heart of the Government’s education programme.
But he criticised the Education Secretary for compromising progressive principles to court the right-wing:
“Some of the stuff that Michael has been doing has been unashamedly pandering to the Tory right. Michael… would like to be progressive but he also seems to me to want to be leader of the Conservative Party and is making the classic mistake, if I can give him some advice through your columns, of thinking that they way that do that is by pandering to the worst in your party.”
It was “slightly depressing” that many in the Labour party were still against the academy system, he added:
“The fact that the Conservatives have now put at the centre of their education programme the creation of academies to replace failing comprehensive schools rather than doing what they were doing ten or 15 years ago, which was setting up a few more grammar schools or a few more assisted places at private schools, is a sign, basically, that we’ve won the argument. Well that’s great. That’s fantastic.
“The slightly depressing thing is that some people on my own side… think that we compromised too much with the other side without understanding what’s really at stake here, which is creating successful education institutions, serving the community at large, which means predominantly the less well off because most people aren’t particularly well off, where they didn’t exist before.”
The owners of the Leon restaurant in London are to review school meals.
Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent have been asked by Michael Gove to give him advice in the form of a report in 2013.
The new iniative is the latest Government attempt to try and make school meals healthier as figures show that over half of secondary schools serve greasy food on a daily basis.
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.
The Labour Party has welcomed the decision of exams regulator Ofqual to "look closely" at the way examiners awarded marks for this summer's GCSE exams.
Regulator Glenys Stacey said in a letter to the National Association of Head Teachers there was a "question" lying over how the grade bands were set.
"We recognise the continuing concerns among students, parents and teachers about this year's GCSE English results," Ms Stacy wrote. "We will look closely at how the results were arrived at. We will do this quickly, but thoroughly."
Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg welcomed Ofqual's decision but said he would still urge an independent parliamentary inquiry "to find out what happened to cause this fiasco in the first place".
Head teachers have written to to the Education Secretary asking for an inquiry into the fall in GCSE grades.
The National Association of Head Teachers wrote to Michael Gove after it was inundated with calls on the subject of grade boundary changes.
Exam boards confirmed grade boundaries had been raised by as much as 10%, often halfway through the year.
Shadow education minister Karen Buck said there was a "coalition of anxiety" over the disappointing results.
One large chain of academies, the Academies Enterprise Trust, is planning a legal challenge against the Government over the shift.
The Government is planning to double the number of free schools, allowing between 80 and 100 more to be launched. Education Secretary Michael Gove is expected to give his approval to the schools in the next ten days, bringing the total number in the country to more than 170.
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