The return of the native minister

9th May 1997 at 01:00
Ngaio Crequer, profiles new ministers for lifelong learning and employment

What is the difference between a Tory education minister, name of Howarth, and a Labour employment minister, name of Howarth? Unless all the propaganda was right, and there is no difference between the two parties, Alan Howarth will soon show us.

Mr Howarth famously crossed the floor of the Commons two years ago, and the former Tory minister for further and higher education joined Tony Blair's Labour party. His new party found him a seat and his new leader has made him Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment in the Department for Education and Employment.

As a Tory education minister he was quiet, courteous, loyal but laid-back. He seemed disengaged, but pundits put it down to his belief in his own cleverness over others, and an unease with his political masters.

His new responsibilities include employment policy and Job Seekers. Look at some of the speeches he made in the Commons while still a Tory, raging against the illiberal views (as he saw it) of his then party's ministers, in home affairs, job-seeking, civil rights, and you see that he was deeply troubled.

He has stressed since that in education, employment, across the spectrum, a decent society should offer equal opportunities and all the help it can to those who are disadvantaged. Now's his chance.

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