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Tim Loughton vs the Department for Education, round 2

22 January 2013

2:57 PM

22 January 2013

2:57 PM

The battle between Tim Loughton and the Education department rumbles on, with new foot soldiers joining the fray. The latest shot fired in the war comes from Labour’s Stephen Twigg, who has demanded an investigation into the quotes we ran on Coffee House last week from a senior DfE source which described the former minister as a ‘lazy incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion’.

Twigg has written to the department’s Permanent Secretary Chris Wormald, saying the following:

‘You will be aware that both special advisers and civil servants are bound by a code of conduct, which precludes them from making personal attacks.’


In the letter, which you can read in full here, Twigg asks Wormald to investigate whether a breach of the respective codes for SpAds and civil servants has taken place.

The chances are that Michael Gove will get a chance to have his own say on Loughton: the Education Secretary appears before a select committee tomorrow. He will also doubtless want to refute the former children’s minister’s original claims which sparked the row that the children and families agenda was a ‘declining priority’ in his department. But for today, he’s launching his own attack on Twigg’s vocational education policy.

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  • Martin_Kinsella

    This sort of thing would never happen under Labour.

  • Colonel Mustard

    The third link is to the lazy, incompetent narcissist’s letter again – not to Gove’s attack.

  • Fergus Pickering

    He can’t refute it. He can only deny it.

  • Chris lancashire

    Ah, good old Twiggy, continuing in a long line of Labour stirrers searching for trouble where none exists. Joining that happy band of Labour conspiracy theorists lead by that arch theoriser and waster of public money dear old Tom Watson. Maybe Tom himself could help, surely there must be some unusual angle that nobody else has even dreamed to this one?

  • Rhoda Klapp2

    Not just a bubble story, but a bubble meta-story, the epitome of the Spec’s fascination with the dealing of non- or negative-entities. I really should be ashamed to even spare a sneer, except in the forlorn hope that we might be given some beef, some day. Not meat from assorted dead animals passed off.

    • telemachus

      Heed the sage Twigg
      He is more believable than any of the Coalition obfuscations
      Can we not get away from doctrinaire Govism and concentrate on educating our children

      • Colonel Mustard

        You mean indoctrination not education.