While claims that Michael Gove will replace the chair of Britain’s schools inspectorate with a Tory donor splashed the papers earlier this week, regular Scrapbook readers may have been less than surprised — as the education secretary is absolutely shameless in placing Tories in supposedly non-political roles. Leaving genuine political advisers to one side, here’s a run-down of his cronies: £2M EDUCATION […]

A contractor run by a former adviser to Michael Gove has been communicating with special advisers in Whitehall using their private emails, Political Scrapbook can reveal. The exchanges with the New Schools Network (NSN) — run by former Gove Adviser Rachel Wolf (above) and awarded more than £1.5m in contracts by her former boss — […]

Great spot from the eagle-eyed Amber Elliott over at Total Politics. In keeping with the “do as I say not as I do” attitude of senior ministers, Michael Gove is advertising for two speechwriters just two days after Francis Maude and Danny Alexander announced an extension to the civil service recruitment ban. The move to […]

Michael Gove has been slammed by an official committee for failing to answer parliamentary questions. The Procedures Committee of the House of Commons found that Gove had stonewalled two questions from MP Lisa Nandy on the secretive New Schools Network (NSN): Lisa Nandy (Wigan): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons a […]

In a snub to his departmental staff in June, Michael Gove handed the administration of the Conservatives’ flagship “new schools” programme to a charity established only nine months previously. Gifting a public contract worth half a million pounds to an untested body would – by itself – raise eyebrows. But what has really quickened pulses […]