Following the reshuffle of the Cabinet the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan was appointed Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities on July 15th 2014. She is the Member of Parliament for Loughborough.
Morgan attended Surbiton High School before going on to read Law at Hugh’s College, Oxford. She qualified as a solicitor in 1996, specialising in corporate law and advised on a range of private and public companies from 1996-2010.
Morgan was elected for the Loughborough seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. She had served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP and prior to this was a member of the BIS Select Committee. Furthermore, Morgan served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury on the 7th of October 2013. She was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women on the 9th of April 2014.
Policies under the responsibility of the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as Secretary of State for Education include:
- Improving behaviour and attendance in schools.
- Improving the quality of teaching and leadership
- Raising the achievements of disadvantaged children.
- Supporting social workers to provide help and protection to children.
Nicky Morgan is arguably a controversial figure having most recently voted against equal gay rights and through her outspoken opposition to gay marriage. She has also voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits and against paying higher benefits over long periods for those unable to work due to illness.
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Nicky Morgan is a prime example of where reading the Law can take you. Other influential politicians have also studied Law at University including Tony Blair who studied Law at Oxford and Barrack Obama who read law at Harvard University. Morgan has soared to success since 2010 after achieving her seat for the Conservatives and is a glowing example of the benefits a law degree can give you in any area of employment.
‘I know that education can be the single greatest transformer of lives’ – Nicky Morgan