Nicky Morgan to stay on as education secretary as Gove moves to justice

Nicky Morgan to stay on as education secretary as Gove moves to justice

Nicky Morgan will continue to serve as education secretary under the new Conservative majority government, David Cameron is expected to announce tomorrow.

Ms Morgan, who replaced Michael Gove in the job last July, was re-elected as MP for Loughborough on Thursday with an increased majority as the Conservatives stormed back to power with 331 seats.

And the Prime Minister is expected to confirm that Ms Morgan, 42, will continue to serve in her cabinet role.

He is also expected to announce that Mr Gove, who was effectively demoted to the post of government chief whip last summer, is the new justice secretary.

Ms Morgan’s re-appointment will not surprise many people. She had already received the Prime Minister’s backing to continue in the role following a Conservative victory, and told Schools Week last weekend that she wanted to stay on.

Speaking during a Q&A with journalists at the NAHT conference, Ms Morgan said: “The Prime Minister said in a speech he gave back in March, he talked about me continuing in the role, and I couldn’t be clearer about how much I love doing this job and very much hope to continue.”