Sisters in arms

A new take on joined-up-government: sisterhood. Estelle Morris said she had been trying to fathom why she and her colleagues in the DFES were getting on so chummily with the Department for Culture, Media and Sports.

"This is going to offend some of you," she told an NUT conference on creativity, "but I think the reason is because there's a lot of women ministers. I jest. But it would be an interesting debating point." To underline her theory, the education minister then sat down and held hands with arts minister Baroness Blackstone. email us: diary@tes.co.uk

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