‘Gove’ over – Nicky Morgan is the new education secretary

GoveWell the dreams of many teachers has come true. Michael Gove is no longer the Education Secretary.

In David Cameron’s reshuffle of the cabinet, Michael Gove has been moved to Chief Whip and the newly appointed Education Secretary is the high profile Nicky Morgan. The former lawyer has been a Treasury minister since 2013, having joined the government a year earlier. She will continue in her role as minister for women.

 

What to expect from Nicky Morgan?

Nicky MorganShe was privately educated at a girls’ day school before reading law at Oxford University and going on to become a corporate lawyer.

The Guardian reports that within the party, she is regarded as a loyalist and safe pair of hands, having spent time in the whips’ office.

She is not, however, afraid to speak up for what she believes in. In implicit criticism of some in her party, she told the Bright Blue thinktank earlier this year: “We’re against this, we’re anti-that, we don’t like them, we don’t want them here, we don’t want them doing this. If we talk about what we hate all the time, we’re not talking about we like and what we want to do to help people who want to do well. We never say actually we are on the side of these people, we want this to happen and we think this is great.”

Last month, she was also slapped down by Conservative HQ for suggesting during an online chat with Mumsnet that all-women shortlists would not be off the table if the party did not get more female MPs at the next election.

Since then, it has emerged Cameron is also open to the idea on a “voluntary” basis, as long as they are not imposed on constituencies.

Morgan, a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, voted against same-sex marriage partly because she could not reconcile it with her faith. This is likely to be the reason that Cameron split the women and equalities brief, handing the latter to Sajid Javid, the culture secretary, and leading to accusations that she was the “minister for straight women”.

However, according to Creative Education, Nicky Morgan, could not be more different from her predecessor Michael Gove. She has courted a reputation for quietly effective performances, and has earned respect from colleagues for her ability to avoid controversy.

Last year, she said “I think aspiration is a word we don’t use enough.”

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