Tory in job shock

16th June 2000 at 01:00
A SURPRISING figure emerges in the wasteland of inner London education. Andrew Turner, former grant-maintained schools cheerleader, Tory party adviser and one-time candidate for the Isle of Wight, is spotted at - gasp! - Southwark Council. (This item comes in the interests of political balance).

It's some change from his last engagement, working for those nice gels at the Girls Public Day Schools Trust, and perhaps he's a little embarrassed. How did you get this number?" he snaps when a colleague reaches him in his town hall office.

But Andrew has not entirely forsaken the cause for the grimy hordes of municipal socialism (though he did look sheepish at a seminar organised by those arch-municipalists, The Education Network).

He's just there for a while, in the wake of Southwark's disastrous inspection, to help it hive off its schools to the private sector. Bravo!

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