Education secretary Gillian Keegan has said she is doing a “fucking good job” over the crumbling concrete scandal affecting England’s schools.
The minister also claimed that others “have been sat on their arse” while she has been dealing with the crisis.
Her astonishing remarks were caught on camera after she was interviewed by ITV.
She said: “Does anyone ever say ’you know what you’ve done a fucking good job because everyone else has sat on their arse and done nothing?′ No signs of that, no?”
Keegan later apologised for her “choice language`’, which she said was an “off the cuff remark” following a tough interview.
More than 100 schools have so far been told to either partially or completely shut as a result of the crisis - just as pupils return after the summer holidays.
It comes after it emerged the reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) used in the buildings was at risk of collapse.
Rishi Sunak has admitted that more than 1,000 schools could end up being affected.
A Labour source: “I’m sure parents across the country whose kids are sitting under steel girders will be sure to thank the Tories for ’doing a fucking good job’.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer said it was up to the prime minister whether Keegan should remain in her job.
He said: “Rishi Sunak needs to act. Will he have the strength to act? I doubt it.”