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Michael Gove

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The unions hated Gove because he actually cared about social mobility

7 September 2014 11:40

There’s an interesting interview in The Guardian this weekend with one of the most famous teachers, or ex-teachers, in Britain, Katharine Birbalsingh. You’ll probably know her. She’s the woman with fabulous… Continue reading

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Cameron has silenced the only minister who understands Islamism

22 August 2014 17:31

Only one person sitting around the cabinet table truly understands how Islamism works – and David Cameron has silenced him. I’m referring to Michael Gove, who in addition to studying… Continue reading

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Why does Richard Evans choose to vent his spleen on untrained teachers?

29 July 2014 13:51

I knew that the historian Sir Richard Evans was a rather abrasive and quarrelsome man, but I was staggered by his vicious attack on Michael Gove in the Guardian last… Continue reading

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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014 20:00

David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a… Continue reading

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Is it time for ‘nose-peg Toryism’?

24 July 2014 16:24

Before the election in 2005, the magnificently grand Polly Toynbee made a generous offer to Guardian readers reluctant to vote for Tony Blair after Iraq. ‘There is much to be… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

British Muslims must confront the truth of the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

24 July 2014 10:15

The Trojan Horse reports are in, and they make for damning reading.  ‘An aggressive Islamist agenda… a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos’.… Continue reading

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The Trojan Horse affair is about subversion, and only Gove understood this

23 July 2014 15:13

Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron in demoting Michael Gove. When Mr Gove appointed Mr Clarke to conduct the inquiry, there was… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt respond to the ‘Trojan horse’ schools report

22 July 2014 13:45

Nicky Morgan described the findings of Peter Clarke’s report into the Birmingham schools scandal as ‘disturbing’, and laid out how she plans to respond. listen to ‘Nicky Morgan’s statement on… Continue reading

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Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

22 July 2014 13:09

Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. He has found evidence of a… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers

21 July 2014 16:59

New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wasted no time in stamping her mark on her department – sacking all three of Michael Gove’s special advisers on Friday morning. Friends tell Mr… Continue reading

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Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

21 July 2014 14:09

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and his agenda. But a letter in The Sunday Times yesterday told… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Leadership Result Announced

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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LBC coy on ‘Grill Gove’

17 July 2014 16:15

Talk radio station LBC are coy about the prospect of a Michael Gove phone-in show, mooted by Mr S yesterday. When asked if such a show is on the cards, a spokesman… Continue reading

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Tories to keep Gove on tight leash

17 July 2014 13:57

Why is Michael Gove a minister for the Today programme when he was removed as Education Secretary because of his poor poll ratings? This paradox has amused some in Westminster,… Continue reading

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Weak David Cameron is more ‘Borgen’ than ‘Game of Thrones’

17 July 2014 11:01

I don’t know if David Cameron was trying to tell us something about Michael Gove’s prospects as chief whip by comparing him to the Hand of the King in Game… Continue reading

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The Queen Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Dave the radical feminist gets a helping hand from Harriet

16 July 2014 16:54

It was the final PMQs before the sun-stroke season begins. Usually these are high-spirited Derby Day affairs and Ed Miliband came to the house knowing things could hardly be easier.… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Mrs Gove goes on the warpath, as Michael plots his media career

16 July 2014 11:16

Well, Michael Gove’s wife, Sarah Vine, has made her views clear: tweeting that the reshuffle was ‘a shabby day’s work which Cameron will live to regret’. Crikey. Talk about ‘stand… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s cosmetic exercise bemuses the Tories

15 July 2014 17:47

Today’s reshuffle has been largely about cosmetic improvements to the Conservative party — not just through the promotion of female MPs, but also by neutralising certain policy areas such as… Continue reading

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View from 22 podcast special: reshuffle review

15 July 2014 17:09

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman round up some of the key stories from the reshuffle, including Gove’s shock demotion, the increased… Continue reading

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Video: the assassination of Michael Gove

15 July 2014 16:06

Michael Gove‘s departure from the Department for Education is the biggest shock of this reshuffle. Tory MPs have been even more surprised by it than they were William Hague’s leaving… Continue reading

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Unions are harming their members’ interests with strikes

11 July 2014 14:15

Industrial relations experts have said that the latest public sector strikes are unlikely to have any impact on government policy. I don’t think you have to be an ‘expert’ to… Continue reading

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Michael Gove’s ‘personal crusade’

10 July 2014 9:25

Michael Gove’s speech to today’s education reform conference is a robust defence of his reforms. He calls closing the attainment gap between rich and poor a ‘personal crusade for me’.… Continue reading

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Gove vs Labour on Cummings, round 56

24 June 2014 16:22

Michael Gove has this afternoon replied to Labour’s questions about Dominic Cumming’s access to the Education department since finishing as a special adviser. Coffee House has got hold of the… Continue reading

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David Cameron attacks ‘career psychopath’ Dominic Cummings

19 June 2014 10:43

There must be an election in the offing because the PM was out and about last night looking for a manifesto. He addressed Policy Exchange’s (PX) annual summer bash in Westminster… Continue reading

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Shock as select committee backs minister

18 June 2014 8:56

Like all good select committees, the Education Select Committee is rarely a helpful chum of Michael Gove. Its warnings on the reform of GCSEs, for instance, played a part in… Continue reading

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