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article imageMichael Gove denies political agenda after removing Labour peer

By Kev Hedges     Feb 2, 2014 in Politics
London - Michael Gove, UK Education Secretary, has denied removing Ofsted boss Baroness Morgan from her post just because "she was Labour."
Baroness Morgan had been removed from her post of Ofsted chair after Michael Gove said "roles need refreshing." But Baroness Morgan insists she has been replaced because she was a Labour party member and the government is replacing heads of public bodies with Tories or Tory sympathisers. Even the Lib Dems, who are currently part of the ruling coalition government in the UK, agree.
The Lib Dems Minister for Schools, David Laws, who effectively works under the education secretary, is said to be furious at the "blatant attempts" by the Conservative party to remove opposition members from running public bodies and filling those roles with their own, reports Sky News.
Ofsted are the public authority responsible for inspecting schools and education standards in the UK and Baroness Morgan of Huyton, a Labour peer, had been told she will not be continuing her role as Ofsted chairwoman, despite Gove saying she has done a "fantastic job." He also said, "from time to time you need to refresh the person in charge [and] to bring fresh perspective," reports BBC Politics.
Downing Street has denied it was involved in the decision to remove the Labour peer from her post and said, "Michael Gove has thanked Sally Morgan for her effective and long service as chairman of Ofsted. The decision not to reappoint her was his.”
But as the row intensifies, it is certain to strain relations between coalition party leaders Nick Clegg and David Cameron.
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