Flowers say it

Perhaps it was the arrival of the frighteningly young David "Year 8 in a suit" Miliband in her department, but there was surprisingly little fanfare as Education Secretary Estelle Morris marked her 50th birthday on Monday. The only celebration was a party for members of Estelle's private staff at the end of the working day paid for by Estelle herself.

Even that was understated, according to our man on the inside:"She gave a very short speech and we gave her a cake and that was it." Four bouquets made their way to the office at various times during the day. One almost certainly came from General Teaching Council chief Lord Puttnam, who is very friendly with the Education Secretary, but was Tony at Number 10 among her other admirers?

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