Nicky Morgan replaces Gove at DfE as Cameron promotes women to top jobs

Nicky Morgan replaces Gove at DfE as Cameron promotes women to top jobs

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, who has served in two Treasury positions, is the new Education Secretary following the departure of Michael Gove.

Ms Morgan, aged 41, moved into Mr Gove’s job at the Department for Education (DfE) after his move to the office of Chief Whip in the House of Commons.

London-born Ms Morgan, a mum-of-one, was one of several highly-regarded Conservative women tipped for promotion, including former Education Minister Elizabeth Truss, who will be the new Environment Secretary following Owen Paterson’s departure.

An Oxford graduate and former solicitor, Ms Morgan was elected in 2010 having lost to Labour’s Andy Reed in 2005.

Within weeks of entering the House of Commons she was appointed a Conservative member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, serving four months until she was given the post of Parliamentary Private Secretary to Universities Minister David Willetts.

She was promoted to Economic Secretary at the Treasury in October, and then to Financial Secretary in April following Sajid Javid’s appointment as Culture Secretary. She retains her brief for women and equalities.

Her Twitter handle is @NickyMorgan01.