Further Education and Skills loses Minister

This evening the Prime Minister’s office confirmed via twitter that John Hayes has been moved from his role as Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

@Number10 tweeted: “PM appoints John Hayes as Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change”

He will be replaced Matthew Hancock, not as another Minister of State, but as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

@Number10 tweeted: “PM appoints Matthew Hancock as joint Parliamentary Under Secretary for BIS and DfE”

Like Hayes, Mr Hancock will straddle both the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Mr Hancock’s website states he was “elected as MP for West Suffolk at the 2010 election. Before moving into politics, he worked for his family business and later as an economist at the Bank of England. He is a Minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.”

For more analysis and reaction see the next edition of FE Week.