Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shambles Part 2! May's University Watchdog Forced out; MPs ROUND ON 'PATHETICALLY WEAK' PM MINISTER WHO SENT AIDE FOR SEX TOY SHAFTED Young Apologises and Says Row over His Appointment 'Had Become a Distraction'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shambles Part 2! May's University Watchdog Forced out; MPs ROUND ON 'PATHETICALLY WEAK' PM MINISTER WHO SENT AIDE FOR SEX TOY SHAFTED Young Apologises and Says Row over His Appointment 'Had Become a Distraction'

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Byline: Joe Murphy, Nicholas Cecil, Anna Davis and Kate Proctor

THERESA MAY suffered fresh humiliation this morning with the resignation of Toby Young as a universities watchdog two days after she publicly defended him.

The departure of the journalist, pictured, came midway through a Government reshuffle that lurched into what one former minister called a "complete bloody shambles" and exposed Mrs May's weakened authority over her ministers.

Conservative MPs were criticising No 10 this morning, with former leader Iain Duncan Smith pointing the finger at the Prime Minister's office for allowing media expectations of the reshuffle to grow too big.

There were also rumblings against Mrs May's Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 leadership after Cabinet ministers defied her. Justine Greening, who quit rather than be moved from her post as Education Secretary, went jogging from her home in Putney today, telling reporters: "I did what I thought was the right thing to do." Her confident public appearance was seen as a signal that she would not be quiet on the backbenches.

Mrs May chaired the new Cabinet this morning and hoped to get her narrative back on course with a more widespread reshuffle of the middle and junior ranks to bring in new talent and diversity.

The first sackings included Mark Garnier, the trade minister recently embroiled in a scandal over the revelation that he once allowed an assistant to buy sex toys on his behalf. He tweeted that he was "very sad" to be leaving.

But Mr Young's resignation from the board of the Office for Students raised more question marks over No 10's judgment in allowing Mrs May to defend him in a Sunday TV interview. Mr Young, 54, a supporter of free schools, came under fire for past articles and tweets, including leering comments about women. He also admitted watching "thousands" of pornographic films, calling himself an "addict", and supported "progressive eugenics" for the poor. …

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