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Michael Gove Loses Job As Education Secretary

The Conservative MP is off to become chief whip.

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Michael Gove has been moved from his job as education secretary, ending a controversial four-year stint in the role during which he radically changed the British education system and attracted the anger of teaching unions.

Prime minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday morning that Gove would remain in the cabinet as chief whip, in charge of ensuring party discipline. He will also have an increased media role in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

Gove will be replaced by Nicky Morgan, the current minister for women and equalities.

Michael Gove is Commons Chief Whip. He'll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews. #Reshuffle.

David Cameron@David_Cameron

Michael Gove is Commons Chief Whip. He'll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews. #Reshuffle.

8:11 AM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nicky Morgan is the new Education Secretary and continues as Minister for Women and Equalities.

David Cameron@David_Cameron

Nicky Morgan is the new Education Secretary and continues as Minister for Women and Equalities.

8:23 AM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gove's education reforms, which included the introduction of free schools and changes to the national curriculum, were broadly popular within the Conservative party.

But his confrontational take-no-prisoners style often angered teachers and officials within his own department.

Polling for BuzzFeed in May found Gove was the most disliked Conservative politician among the general population, and a potential barrier to the Conservatives attracting new voters.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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