Nicky Morgan: 7 Things You Need To Know About The New Education Secretary

15/07/2014 12:32 | Updated 15 July 2014

Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, who is also now women and equalities minister, has had a meteoric rise. The Loughborough MP has gone from backbencher to secretary of state in just four years, which is a pretty impressive climb up the greasy pole. Here are seven things you need to know about Michael Gove's replacement.

  • 1 She was only elected to parliament in 2010
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  • 2 She is one of only two mothers in the new cabinet
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  • 3 She voted against gay marriage
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  • Morgan explained: "I totally support civil partnerships and that same-sex relationships are recognised in law. But marriage, to me, is between a man and a woman."
  • 4 ... So she won't be handling gay marriage
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  • Downing Street hastily announced Nick Boles, the new education and skill minister who is also gay, would be taking charge of implementing same-sex marriage.
  • 5 She famously said the Tories need to 'hate' less
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  • Morgan said in January the party needed to have a more constructive message than simply: 'we're against this, we're anti-that, we don't like them, we don't want them here, we don't want them doing this.'
  • 6 She supported a reduction in the upper limit for abortion from 24 weeks to 20
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  • 7 She is one of 14 Oxbridge graduates out of a cabinet of 23
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  • MOVED: New leader of the house William Hague
  • Hague has left the Foreign Office to be leader of the House of Commons and First Secretary of State, planning to leave Parliament outright next year.
  • OUT: Leader of the House Andrew Lansley
  • SAFE: Chancellor George Osborne
  • SAFE: Home secretary Theresa May
  • IN: New defence secretary Michael Fallon
  • SAFE: Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith
  • SAFE: Justice secretary Chris Grayling
  • IN: New education secretary Nicky Morgan
  • SAFE: Communities secretary Eric Pickles
  • SAFE: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt
  • OUT: Environment secretary Owen Paterson
  • IN: New environment secretary Liz Truss
  • SAFE: International development secretary Justine Greening
  • SAFE: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin
  • SAFE: Culture secretary Sajid Javid
  • SAFE: Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers
  • OUT: Welsh Secretary David Jones
  • IN: New welsh secretary Stephen Crabb
  • (On the right of this picture)
  • OUT: House of Lords leader Jonathan Hill
  • Lord Hill has been sent to Brussels to be the UK's new EU commissioner.
  • IN: New House of Lords leader Tina Stowell
  • MOVED: New foreign secretary Philip Hammond
  • Hammond has moved from defence secretary to foreign secretary to replace William Hague.
  • MOVED: New chief whip Michael Gove
  • Gove has been demoted from education secretary to chief whip. (Attending cabinet only.)
  • SAFE: Cabinet office minister Francis Maude
  • (Attending cabinet only.)
  • SAFE: Cabinet office minister Oliver Letwin
  • He also gets the job of Lord Privy Seal from Andrew Lansley. (Attending cabinet only.)
  • SAFE: Senior minister of state Baroness Warsi
  • Baroness Warsi keeps Foreign Office and community briefs. (Attending cabinet only.)
  • IN: New universities minister Greg Clark
  • Clark (on left) replaces David Willetts as universities minister. (Attending cabinet only.)
  • IN: New attorney general Jeremy Wright
  • Wright has been brought in as attorney general to replace Dominic Grieve. (Attending cabinet only.)
  • IN: Employment minister Esther McVey
  • (Attending cabinet only.)
  • SAFE: Tory chair Grant Shapps
  • (Attending cabinet only)
  • IN: Business minister Matthew Hancock
  • Hancock has been promoted so he now attends cabinet as business and energy minister, as well as minister for Portsmouth.

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