As the pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister, multiple key ministers in the Department of Education have resigned. This has created a distraction for the department and will take time for them to recover.
The original purpose of my blog was to talk about my delight in being part of a private audience this week with Will Quince, the Children's and Families Minister. Quince was impressive, enthusing that he had the "best job in government".
He also had a deep passion for his brief, which shone through during discussions on family hubs, SEND provision, child care, support for looked-after children and social care issues like child protection. He communicated clearly, with compassionately delivered messages that spoke directly to the audience's heart. He was a breath of fresh air!
However, the attention of this blog post has been diverted as pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to resign. The Department of Education is now in turmoil after the resignations of multiple key ministers, including Quince.
Although Michelle Donelan, the former Higher Education Minister, has replaced Nadhim Zahiwi as the new Education Secretary, Will Quince, Alex Burghart (Skills Minister), and Robin Walker (Schools Minister) have all resigned. Quince tendered his resignation after he "accepted and repeated assurances to the media, which have now been found to be inaccurate". The others have cited that the Conservative Party has become increasingly distracted from its core missions by a relentless focus on questions over leadership.
Unfortunately, the Department of Education will have to bear the burden of the resignation of multiple key ministers, which will take time to recover, rather than focussing on its main functions, including serving children, families, students and educators who depend upon them greatly.
With every new resignation, it seems like there is little chance that Boris Johnson will continue as Prime Minister. His defiance and insistence on staying in power have been working for him so far, but could he soon run out of options as more resignations happen on a near-hourly basis?
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