The BBC reports that Theresa May’s former adviser has sparked criticism for a newspaper article attacking ex-education secretary Justine Greening. Nick Timothy said Ms Greening – who quit in the reshuffle after the PM tried to move her to another department – had resisted attempts to reform school and tuition fees policy.
This claim was branded “so wrong” by ex-universities minister Jo Johnson.
In the Daily Telegraph, Nick Timothy wrote that when she was education secretary, Ms Greening had “exasperated” Mrs May, was “unpopular with officials” and “frustrated reformers”.
But his claims were dismissed by Mr Johnson, who was universities minister until the reshuffle, when he was moved to the Department for Transport.
On Twitter he wrote “So wrong, this stuff re Justine Greening – she supported me in every single reform we undertook of our universities, was a terrific colleague and faultlessly loyal.” – Jo Johnson (@JoJohnsonUK)
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said while Downing Street insiders insisted Mr Timothy no longer had contact with the prime minister, any intervention by him wound up many Conservative MPs: On Twitter:
“PM’s former chief of staff adamant he had nothing to do with Greening’s departure from govt, but some of her colleagues furious he’s making claims about what she did or didn’t do in govt, after the point at which he was meant to have cut off contact with the Number 10” — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak)
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