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Michael Gove loses job as education secretary in David Cameron's latest reshuffle

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: July 15, 2014

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Michael Gove has lost his job as education secretary in one of the biggest shocks in David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Gove will take up a new role as chief whip as part of the Prime Ministers last reshuffle before next year’s General Election.

The move emerged as the Prime Minister planned a radical ministerial shake-up, with major promotions for leading women Conservative MPs.

Unions leaders were delighted at Mr Gove's departure, claiming he had become a 'liability' for the government.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "David Cameron has, belatedly, realised that Michael Gove's ideological drive is no substitute for measured, pragmatic reform of the education system.

"Time after time he has chased newspaper headlines rather than engage with teachers."

Other high profile sackings in the reshuffle include Owen Paterson, Dominic Grieve and David Willetts.

Philip Hammond has replaced William Hague as Foreign Secretary after the former party leader announced his resignation this morning.

Nicky Morgan has been appointed as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

The reshuffle also sees Liz Truss appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Michael Fallon appointed as Defence Secretary.

Other changes include Esther McVey - who was tipped for promotion. She will remain as employment minister but with the added status of attending cabinet meetings

Greg Clark has been appointed as Minister for Universities and Science in addition to his current role as Minister of State.

What has been called a cull of middle-aged white men in the cabinet is expected to make space for a younger female Government ahead of the next election.

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  • Charlespk  |  July 16 2014, 6:09PM

    Just the teaching profession practicing 'Witch Hunting' again. . They did it in Bath. . Half of them wouldn't last 5 minutes in a REAL job, in the REAL world. . They no longer command respect of pupils and many are really scruffy. . They just want to be 'mates' with the pupils and to be 'loved'. . Our education system is going to 'Hell in a Hand Cart'. The Asian countries are laughing their heads off.

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  • truckdriver  |  July 16 2014, 2:57PM

    Gove should of been promoted to toilet cleaner. How did Duncan smith keep his job?

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