Jo Johnson attacks sacked May aide Nick Timothy over Justine Greening resignation

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Government minister Jo Johnson has publicly denounced a No.10 former aide who attacked Justine Greening for blocking radical education reforms.

Mr Hinds, who is the Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, and who was educated at the Catholic grammar, St Ambrose College, has previously spoken out in support of faith schools.

But in her role as education secretary, Greening was particularly at odds with Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom over her personal objection to removing the cap on new faith schools' admissions.

In November previous year the bishops urged the Catholic community to petition Justine Greening to lift the "unfair" cap, after the Government stalled on making a decision concerning its withdrawal.

The Conservatives even included the pledge in their 2017 election manifesto, but the cap remained in place while Ms Greening was Education Secretary.

Greening was also the minister who, alongside the then children's minister Edward Timpson, u-turned on the government's bid to put the "exemption clause" in the Children and Social Work Act after a protracted battled with the profession.

The Bishop of East Anglia was particularly vocal, asking Catholics to write to their local MP as well as the Education Secretary. As Education Secretary, he now has free rein to remove the cap at will.

Mr Timothy - who quit as chief of staff after the disastrous election previous year - hailed the departure as opening the door to real change and said Ms Greening's successor must be "brave".

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Christian Today approached the Catholic Education Service for comment on the new education secretary but was told they wouldn't comment until they had had private meetings with him first.

Following the news of his appointment, Mr Hinds said on Twitter that he was "delighted to be appointed Education Secretary".

The father of three came to prominence serving as a member of the Education Select Committee after entering the House of Commons almost eight years ago, and also chaired the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Social Mobility and Credit Unions.

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