Nicky Morgan (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Nicky Morgan
MP
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Secretary of State for Education
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Michael Gove
Minister for Women and Equalities
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Self (Women)
Sajid Javid (Equalities)
Minister for Women
In office
9 April 2014 – 15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Maria Miller (Women and Equalities)
Succeeded by Self (Women and Equalities)
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
9 April 2014 – 15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sajid Javid
Succeeded by David Gauke
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
7 October 2013 – 9 April 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sajid Javid
Succeeded by Andrea Leadsom
Member of Parliament
for Loughborough
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Andy Reed
Majority 3,744 (7.1%)
Personal details
Born (1972-10-01) 1 October 1972 (age 42)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jonathan Morgan
Children 1 son
Alma mater St Hugh's College, Oxford
Religion Christian
Website Official website

Nicola Ann Morgan PC MP (née Griffith; born 1 October 1972) is a British Conservative Party politician.

Morgan has served as Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010 and has been the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2014.[1]

Early life[edit]

St Hugh's College, Oxford

Morgan was born in Kingston upon Thames. She grew up in Surbiton and attended the private, fee-paying Surbiton High School before studying Jurisprudence at St Hugh's College, Oxford. She qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and worked as a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions before taking on an in-house counsel role advising on corporate law matters.[2]

Political career[edit]

Morgan joined the Conservative Party in 1989 and was the Chair of Wessex Young Conservatives from 1995–97 and Vice-chair, Battersea Conservatives from 1997-99.[3] She fought Islington South and Finsbury in the 2001 General Election.

Morgan was first selected for the Loughborough seat in 2004 and in the 2005 General Election Morgan achieved a swing to the Conservatives in Loughborough, making it the most marginal seat in the East Midlands. Morgan was reselected for the Loughborough seat in 2006.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2010 General Election Morgan was elected as the MP for Loughborough on a swing of 5.5% with a majority of 3,744 votes.[4] She made her maiden speech in a debate on Economic Affairs and Work and Pensions on 8 June 2010.[5] In June, 2010, she was selected as a Conservative member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee but was replaced following promotion in September to Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.[6]

In March 2012, Morgan was reported as being one of the Conservative MPs to have spoken critically of Party Co-Chairman Sayeeda Warsi at a meeting of the 1922 Committee, following Lady Warsi's handling of Roger Helmer MEP's defection to UKIP.[7]

She was appointed assistant whip in September 2012,[8] and Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013.[9]

Student fees[edit]

On 7 November 2010, Morgan appeared on the Politics Show with Lucy Hopkins, Loughborough Students' Union President to continue an earlier on-campus debate on the tripling of student tuition fees. Morgan agreed costs could be daunting but said student numbers were unsustainable, it was fair to ask people to invest in their own education and people should ask more questions about how courses would improve prospects. Hopkins accepted that the Government had tried to find fair options but said students were taking on "excessive debts" which they would still be paying off when their own children went to university, they had no guarantee of a better job and those from poor homes would either have to choose an affordable university or not attend. In response, Morgan said university wasn't a rite of passage, there were other ways of continuing education and she herself had taken eight years to pay her debts. She would advise the Government on the debate.[10]

Minister for Women and Equalities[edit]

In 2013, Morgan voted against the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, arguing that marriage could only be between a man and a woman.[11] Following the resignation of Maria Miller from the Cabinet, she became Minister for Women (attending Cabinet) on 9 April 2014 and was appointed a Privy Councillor.[12] However, the equalities brief went to Sajid Javid, the culture secretary.[13] The separation of the equalities portfolio was seen by some as in response to the fact that Morgan had voted against the government's proposal to introduce legislation allowing same-sex marriages, and led to accusations that Morgan was merely "minister for straight women".[14][15] On her promotion, she retained her post as Minister for Women and also added the equalities brief to it, thus also becoming Minister for Women and Equalities.[16] However, Downing Street announced that responsibility for implementing the rest of the changes to same-sex marriage would be driven by Nick Boles, a new education minister who is himself gay and is in a civil partnership.[17]

In October 2014, she clarified her views saying she had previously voted against gay marriage as she believed her constituents were opposed to it. However she would now support it and she wished "supporters of same-sex marriage had been more vocal about their position before vote in July last year."[18]

Secretary of State for Education[edit]

On 15 July 2014, Morgan was appointed Secretary of State for Education in Prime Minister David Cameron's reshuffle, replacing Michael Gove.[19]
In September 2014 Morgan was questioned by Parliament’s Education Select Committee following a report by London University’s Institute of Education on conflicts of interest between academies and their financial backers. The report failed to find evidence that academies were undertaking competitive tendering or that they were being properly monitored by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). It also said that previous reports had also questioned the capability of the EFA to fund and finance academies. Graham Stuart, chairman of the committee acknowledged that there were loopholes but said the public needed to be sure that sponsors acted exclusively in the interests of their school.[20]

Other issues[edit]

In July 2010, Morgan asked the Prime Minister to join her in congratulating Loughborough University Student Union Rag Committee on raising more money on behalf of the Royal British Legion than any other rag in the country.[21] Both agreed it was an example of the Big Society in action.[21]

In February 2011, she visited the new offices of Dialog Devices at Loughborough Innovation Centre.[22] The company has been awarded a Department of Health grant for development of a device with the potential to provide an early diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease.[22]

In January 2014, speaking at a meeting of the Bright Blue Tory think tank, Morgan said Conservatives must send out an optimistic message and not just "the language of hate" if they were to win the next general election. Her comments were thought to show concern at right wing backbenchers' criticisms of Cameron on immigration, welfare and the EU though a party source insisted that she was talking about very few people.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan and her husband, architect Jonathan, have a son named Alex (born January 2008).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministerial appointments: April 2014" (Press release). www.gov.uk. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nicky Morgan". Conservative Party. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nicky Morgan MP Loughborough, Conservative". BBC:Democracy Live. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Isaac Ashe (7 May 2010). "Loughborough seat won by Conservative Nicky Morgan". Loughborough Echo. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "House of Commons debates:Speaker Nicky Morgan". theyworkfor you.com. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "New MPs tipped for the top?". BBC news. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  7. ^ http://politics.standard.co.uk/2012/03/tories-give-warsi-both-barrels.html
  8. ^ Juliette Jowit and John Burn-Murdoch (5 September 2012). "The new cabinet: no women in Treasury but Boris Johnson's brother on the up". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nicky Morgan Conservative MP for Loughborough". TheyWorkForYou.com. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ BBC Politics Show East Midlands 7 November 2010
  11. ^ http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Loughborough-MP-Nicky-Morgan-explains-voted/story-18148357-detail/story.html
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26951726
  13. ^ Prime Minister’s Office (April 2014). “Ministerial appointments: April 2014”, Government press release, 9 April 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  14. ^ Mason, Rowena (July 2014). “Nicky Morgan's gay-marriage stance causes equalities role confusion … again: Education secretary who voted against gay marriage to be equalities minister, but same-sex union policy goes to Nick Boles”, The Guardian, 15 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  15. ^ Leicester Mercury (February 2013). “Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan explains why she voted against allowing gay marriage”, Leicester Mercury, 14 February 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  16. ^ Prime Minister’s Office (July 2014. “Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities: The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP”, Government press release, 15 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  17. ^ Mason, Rowena (July 2014). “Nicky Morgan's gay-marriage stance causes equalities role confusion … again: Education secretary who voted against gay marriage to be equalities minister, but same-sex union policy goes to Nick Boles”, The Guardian, 15 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  18. ^ Georgia Graham (29 October 2014). "I have changed my mind on gay marriage, Nicky Morgan says". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28303750
  20. ^ Nicola Woolcock (17 September 2014). "Academy sponsors ‘cashing in’". Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 October 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  21. ^ a b "House of Commons: Wednesday 14 July 2010" Parliament of the United Kingdom. 14 Jul 2010. Last accessed 19 Feb 2011.
  22. ^ a b "MP sees innovation in practice at Loughborough University spin-out company" Loughborough University. 15 Feb 2011. Last accessed 19 Feb 2011.
  23. ^ Georgia Graham (21 Jan 2014). "Tories need less 'hate' to win election, says minister". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andy Reed
Member of Parliament
for Loughborough

2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Sajid Javid
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Andrea Leadsom
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
2014
Succeeded by
David Gauke
Preceded by
Maria Miller
as Minister for Women and Equalities
Minister for Women
2014
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Self
as Minister for Women and Equalities
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Self
as Minister for Women
Minister for Women and Equalities
2014–present
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as Minister for Equalities
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Michael Gove
Secretary of State for Education
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