And so to be our new Minister

12th May 2006 at 01:00
"What a day! Predictably awful results for Labour but mixed for the others too. And then at the end of the day I'm given a great promotion to be Minister for Schools!"

Yes, a second Pepys has arrived at the Department for Education and Skills.

Despite the girly tone, it is the bearded, 40-year-old Jim Knight, MP for Dorset. In the Great Reshuffle, he moved from being minister for rural affairs, landscape and biodiversity to - er - minister of state for schools. Rushing to get the news to his online diary, he even got the date wrong: Friday May 6.

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