David Laws


Tristram Hunt: Education Secretaries can send their kids private

23 April 2015 16:17

In the Daily Politics education debate just now on the BBC, Tristram Hunt declared that it was acceptable for an Education Secretary to send their own child to private school.… Continue reading

(Photo: BBC)

Michael Gove might not be preparing for another coalition. But other Tories are

6 January 2015 15:22

Michael Gove pitched up on Newsnight yesterday to give one of his typically confident performances to the programme. Apparently CCHQ don’t believe any floating voters watch the BBC’s flagging current affairs… Continue reading

David Laws and Nick Clegg visiting Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets on Septemebr 5, 2012.

The Laws according to David

6 January 2015 12:20

As Westminster clatters back to life after the Christmas break, so the steady stream of invitations land on Steerpike’s mat. Don’t all rush at once, but David Laws will be… Continue reading

Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

Teachers should decide the curriculum, not politicians or a panel of ‘experts’

2 November 2014 8:39

David Laws is an honourable, clear-thinking politician – but looming general elections (and, in the Liberal Democrats’ case, threatened extinction) can have strange effects on a man. Hence his comments… Continue reading


Nick Clegg’s loopy strategy

15 May 2014 13:32

I am beginning to think that Dominic Cummings has driven Nick Clegg round the bend. The Lib Dem leader should want this row over universal free school meals to go… Continue reading

Nick Clegg: does not want to annoy teachers. Photo: Getty Images.

Nick Clegg: Vince Cable never intended to offend teachers

6 March 2014 18:18

Nick Clegg spent this morning singing the Lib Dem equivalent of Take That’s Back for Good, telling his target voters from the teaching profession that whatever one of his colleagues… Continue reading

A Highlander sees a man he thought was his clansman stick the knife in, on orders of his commander. In the above case, the Glencoe Massacre.

What the LibDems are up to

2 February 2014 15:30

David Laws’ attack on his former BFF Michael Gove is leading the news bulletins today, and rightly. Its wider significance lies in that the Liberal Democrats have decided it’s time… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Pledge Upto £1200 A Year Government Support For Childcare

Nick Clegg isn’t the only senior Lib Dem who could damage free schools

20 October 2013 13:08

After Nick Clegg decided to have a grump about free schools in a paper whose own polling suggests they are popular with the public (more on this from Fraser), the… Continue reading

Since the passing of the gay marriage law, what possible reason could David Laws have for remaining a Lib Dem?

Life would be better if the Lib Dems ceased to exist

18 September 2013 15:03

Steerpike’s photos from the Lib Dem conference make the affair look far more interesting than it could possibly have been. As I have written here before, the terms ‘Liberal Democrat’… Continue reading

Minister of State for the Cabinet Office David Laws, who has passed Liam Byrne's note to ITV. Photo: Getty Images.

David Laws fires first shot in Lib Dems’ anti-Labour offensive

24 June 2013 16:30

David Laws’ decision to hand Liam Byrne’s infamous ‘there’s no money’ note to ITV  is intriguing. It suggests that the Liberal Democrat leadership intend to escalate their attacks on Labour.… Continue reading

Maria Miller has survived an expenses scandal, so far. Image: Getty

Maria Miller survives £90,000 expenses claims, for now

17 December 2012 9:19

Both the former Labour MP Tony McNulty and the present Culture Secretary Maria Miller claimed parliamentary second home expenses for houses in which their respective parents lived. This is in… Continue reading

David Laws's return to government has surprised his father, Tony Laws. Image: Getty.

Two different Laws

1 October 2012 9:12

Among the vast number of British people who are somewhat surprised to see the disgraced MP David Laws back in government is David’s own father, Tony Laws. Laws jnr was… Continue reading

David Laws will announce in a speech to the Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon that the government will increase the pupil premium. Picture: Getty.

David Laws to announce increase in pupil premium

22 September 2012 13:59

The first minister up on the stage at the Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon is new education minister David Laws. He has an announcement which will please those in the… Continue reading

David Laws has previously said it would be 'unwise' to rule out profit-making schools. Picture: Getty.

The pupil premium and profit-making schools could be a winning combination

20 September 2012 12:35

Ask any Liberal Democrat what their party has achieved in government, and the answer will involve the words ‘pupil premium’. It was a key manifesto pledge in 2010, and is… Continue reading

The arrival of David Laws at education has hastened the demise of GCSEs. Image: Getty.

Michael Gove and the return to rigour

16 September 2012 15:43

The news that the coalition will announce on Tuesday that it is scrapping GCSEs is welcome. GSCEs are a devalued qualification and replacing them with a far more rigorous exam… Continue reading

David Laws and Michael Gove outside Number 10 yesterday as the Cabinet met for the first time since the reshuffle. Picture: Getty.

Tories shouldn’t worry about David Laws going to Cabinet meetings

6 September 2012 15:19

There is some understandable concern in Tory circles about David Laws becoming a minister for education. As Paul Goodman says today, there’s a worry that even this brightest orange Lib… Continue reading

David Laws is widely expected to return to the government in the reshuffle. Picture: Getty.

Promoting David Laws to the education department would be a waste

3 September 2012 14:01

Appointing David Laws as deputy to Michael Gove seems like a sensible way of bringing the Liberal Democrat back into government at first glance. But this move, which is one… Continue reading

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in Downing Street

Danny, David and tax

24 June 2012 13:15

What are we to make the split between Danny Alexander and his predecessor as deputy Chancellor, David Laws, over the size of the state? Laws says today it should be… Continue reading


Your guide to the Warsi allegations

28 May 2012 12:38

What is Baroness Warsi accused of? The main allegation in yesterday’s Sunday Times is that, in early 2008, Warsi was ‘claiming parliamentary expenses for overnight accommodation when she was staying… Continue reading


The Lib Dems step up their push for £10,000

21 February 2012 17:27

Set your TiVos. At 6.55 tomorrow evening, BBC1 will air the Liberal Democrats’ latest party political broadcast. For those of you who can’t wait, here’s a sneak preview: In the… Continue reading


Bringing the squeeze into focus

23 January 2012 18:09

The ‘word of the year’ for 2011 is already featuring prominently in 2012. Yep, the ‘squeezed middle’ is the focus of the Resolution Foundation’s latest report, which they launched in… Continue reading


Will Huhne survive this?

20 January 2012 12:28

What odds, this morning, on Chris Huhne retaining his ‘Survivor of the Year’ crown at this year’s Spectator Parliamentarian Awards? I only ask because The Sunday Times has dropped its… Continue reading


The Lib Dem conference closes

21 September 2011 18:06

As the Liberal Democrat leadership leaves Birmingham, it is a contented bunch. Their conference has gone as well as could be expected. There were no embarrassing defeats for the leadership… Continue reading


Don’t mention education reform

18 September 2011 21:49

A new rule seems to have been adopted at Lib Dem conference: don’t mention Academies. The coalition’s greatest single success story – something David Laws and Michael Gove agreed on… Continue reading


Alexander distances himself from the Tory bashing

18 September 2011 18:33

Lib Dem conference delegates have just provided the press with a nice easy story, they’ve voted to set up a panel to look at the legalisation of cannabis and the… Continue reading