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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