15/09/2013 08:05 BST | Updated 15/11/2013 05:12 GMT

Michael Gove Is 'Misunderstood' Character, Says His Lib Dem Deputy David Laws

Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove delivers a keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. The Conservative party is holding its annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham which runs until Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Education Secretary Michael Gove is a "misunderstood" character, his Liberal Democrat deputy in government has insisted.

Schools minister David Laws mounted a staunch defence of the Tory Cabinet minister amid criticism of his reforms from teachers and Lib Dem activists.

Mr Gove is "passionate about education" and "very demanding about standards", Mr Laws told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics.

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Gove and his deputy Laws arrive for a cabinet meeting in Downing Street

"I think he is widely misunderstood. I have a very good relationship with him," the Lib Dem said.

"Do we agree on every single thing on policy? No. Sometimes we have to sit down and argue things out. Sometimes I say I can't agree to his things, sometimes he says he can't agree to mine."