Leadership hopeful Michael Gove is pledging a £1billion increase to the schools budget
Michael Gove will today pledge a £1 billion increase to the schools budget as the former Education Secretary attempts to unpick his unpopularity among teachers.
The Tory leadership hopeful has vowed to restore the amount of money spent per pupil to 2015 levels in real terms, following a three-year slump.
Following the education reforms he brought in between 2010 and 2014, Mr Gove has been deeply unpopular within the sector and among parents, and was demoted amid fears his reputation could cost the Tories at the ballot box.
But his latest policy has earned him the endorsement of fellow former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who says Mr Gove is ‘ready to lead the nation’.
She told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Michael is determined that as the Prime Minister, we will find that extra money.’
Backing the campaign of Mr Gove, who has been Environment Secretary since 2017, Ms Morgan said: ‘You have got him as a former Education Secretary, me as a former Education Secretary – education absolutely has to be at the total heart of the Conservative Government’s policies going forward.’
Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says endorsed Mr Gove and said he is ‘ready to lead the nation’
She added: ‘I followed Michael into the Department for Education, I absolutely know what it takes to turn a department around, to make it deliver and Michael has done that in successive departments.
‘In No 10 now, you want someone with a real track record of delivery and I think Michael absolutely has to be the strongest person.’
Last night Mr Gove’s campaign manager, Commons Leader Mel Stride, called him ‘the outstanding Minister of our time’.