Justine Greening is fighting for her job as Theresa May prepared to appoint a new education secretary in a drive to reinvigorate the Government’s approach to schools, The Telegraph can disclose.
Ms Greening’s successor will be tasked with leading a major push to convince voters that the Conservatives are the party of education ahead of the local elections in May.
However, in an indication that Ms Greening could resist any attempt to move her, the Education Secretary posted a series of messages on Twitter heralding her achievements in the role and twice declaring: “School standards are rising.”
Ms Greening, like other ministers facing a downward move, could resist a demotion or threaten to cause problems for the Prime Minister on the back benches.
Ms Greening has been identified as vulnerable in recent weeks, along with Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the party chairman, and Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the Commons.
Education has been identified as a major issue on which the Conservatives need to focus to avoid a disastrous result in May’s local elections.
Drawing on a football analogy, a government source said: “Whatever you think of Greening, a new manager with energy almost always leads to a bounce if you get it right.”
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