Martin George

A ‘right pleb’ who became the left’s bête noire

As a minister in the Department for Education, Lord Nash could be about to oversee the creation of new grammar schools. He tells Martin George why selection needs to benefit the entire education system

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IF YOU wanted to invent a person who personifies everything left-wing activists dislike about the last seven years of education policy, you would be hard pressed to come up with a better figure than Lord Nash.

He is a Conservative Party donor and education venture capitalist who founded an academy chain and, since 2013, has overseen much of our schools system as an unelected minister.

That combination of a businessman running publicly-funded schools has led to predictable concerns. And they were only fuelled by the news that, last year, Nash asked for a private meeting with Shannon May, co ...

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