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4 Jun '14

News Theresa May and Michael Gove's Trojan horse 'row' explained

The two ministers say they are working together but their surprise joint statement does little to disguise an internal cabinet tussle over who can be toughest on extremismThe home secretary and education secretary are doing their best to dispel the notion of a rift. They took the unusual step of issuing a joint statement insisting they are "working together" on alleged plots by hardline Islamists to take over some Birmingham schools. Their statement followed a pointed letter to Gove by May, in which she said concerns had been raised about the inability of local and central government to tackle the problem. "Is it true that Birmingham city council was warned about these allegations in 2008? Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?" asked May. Since the publication of the letter, the cabinet ministers said in their joint statement: "Michael Gove and Theresa May are working together to ensure we get to the bottom of what has happened in Birmingham and take the necessary steps to fix it." But the statement has done little to disguise an internal cabinet tussle over who can be toughest on threats of extremism and tension between the two. Last year, Gove accused May of promoting herself as a future leader. Continue reading...

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