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Michael Gove dropped as education secretary

REMOVED: Michael Gove is no longer the secretary for eduacation

THE MAN who attempted to remove heroic Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole from the national curriculum, has been dropped as education secretary.

In a drastic reshuffle of prime minister David Cameron's cabinet, Gove is to become the new chief whip, while treasury minister Nicky Morgan has replaced him.

Morgan said: “I am delighted to become education secretary and continue as minister for women and equalities.

"I know that education can be the single greatest transformer of lives. It is also a crucial part of this government’s long term plan. I look forward immensely to working alongside parents, teachers and schools to ensure we have world class schools and the skills that will get our young people great jobs.”

Cameron wrote on Twitter: "Michael Gove is Commons Chief Whip. He'll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews. #Reshuffle."

Last year, Gove's plans to scrap Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano from the British national curriculum in favour of "more traditional" figures such as Oliver Cromwell and other white men, was met with outrage from the black community.

But following a high-profile campaign led by Operation Black Vote (OBV) and other campaigners, the much-loved heroes remained on the revised curriculum.

It was a huge victory for the thousands of people - 35,972 - who signed a petition in defence of Seacole and Equiano’s importance.

At the time, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg also joined the fight to keep the replace the Crimean War nurse and abolitionist on the school curriculum.

Gove was also the driving force behind the unpopular free schools legislation and was on a crusade to drive up education standards, which many educators disagreed with.

His demotion follows the shock resignation of William Hague as Foreign Secretary, and the sacking of a string of Cabinet ministers, it amounts to the biggest reshuffle of Cameron’s term of office.

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