08/06/2014 12:01 BST | Updated 08/06/2014 12:59 BST

Trojan Horse: Theresa May To Be Called Before Commons Committee Over Michael Gove Row

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Home Secretary Theresa May gives evidence to Commons Home Affairs Committee at Portcullis House, London.

Theresa May will be called before a Commons committee for questioning over her "unseemly" row with Education Secretary Michael Gove about tackling extremism. Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz has written to May demanding a full explanation, and said she would be questioned about it by the cross-party group of MPs in due course.

He said there was also a "strong case" for Fiona Cunningham, the Home Secretary's aide who resigned for briefing against Gove, to give evidence to the committee. Vaz said: "I have written to the Home Secretary for a full explanation of what has happened. The committee will in due course question her about these matters.


"There is a strong case to hear from Ms Cunningham herself as to why she has resigned. We have conducted two inquiries relating to counter terrorism in the last two years which have emphasised the need for the whole of Government to work together. Counter terrorism requires a cohesive strategy. This unseemly row obscures the pressing issue of how to combat radicalism in schools.

"Communities hold the answer and the police must go into schools to tell children of the dangers of terrorism. Theresa May must also ensure that in the future there are no potential conflicts of interests that may impact on her decision-making."