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Adonis Gets NUT Approval as MPs Gripe

Magazine article Public Finance

Adonis Gets NUT Approval as MPs Gripe

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The largest teachers' union backed the controversial choice of Andrew Adonis as an education minister despite his appointment having upset several Labour MPs.

A spokeswoman for the National Union of Teachers said it was 'looking forward to working with him'. However, the union did admit it had not had a lot of contact with him in the past'.

Adonis was given a peerage by Prime Minister Tony Blair to enable him to be appointed junior minister at the Department for Education and Skills.

Despite only now being given a formal ministerial post, the steam train enthusiast has been closely linked to Labour initiatives on education over the past few years.

He was responsible for the proposal of replacing failing schools with city academies, eventually rejected by the education department. He is said to be an enthusiastic proponent of more private sector funding in the state sector. …

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