Booth toll;Diary

5th February 1999 at 00:00
Much sadness in Islington, where we learn top barrister Cherie Booth has quit as governor at her daughter's primary school, St Joan of Arc's RC.

Colleagues on the board are disappointed to see her go but young Kathryn leaves in July, and mum moved out of Islington two years ago when hubby Tony got a new job.

A natural moment to step down as governor, then? Local Lib-Dem councillors don't think so: they scent an ideological rift.

Chris Pryce believes Cherie was ditched by Labour dinosaurs who have never forgiven the Blairs for sending their children to secondary schools outside the borough.

"It looks as if Old Labour has taken its revenge by declining to give her another term of office," he tells the Islington Gazette. "It shows that feuding and tribalism run deep in Labour."

The Labour party, which says Cherie gave in her notice ages ago, is deeply unhappy with such talk. "Utter lies, utter lies," fumes one local party insider. And in Downing Street, a sigh emanates from a press officer. "The reason she is standing down is that she hasn't got the time to carry on," he says.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now