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Skidmore: universities will always be a ‘political football’

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Conservative MP tells webinar politicians will continue to meddle in higher education

Former universities and science minister Chris Skidmore has warned that higher education “will always be a political football”.

Speaking at a webinar hosted by the London Higher group of universities on 1 December, Skidmore said that although “we always talk about cross-party working and how important it is”, it would always be “too tempting” for politicians to get involved in higher education given the strong and conflicting opinions held by people across the country.

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