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Enter Chris Skidmore

Yesterday, after more than 100 hours of waiting, higher education got its next minister.

As our news team’s story on the appointment states, Chris Skidmore was first elected to parliament in 2010 and has served as the Conservative Party’s vice-chairman for policy since January 2018. He is a former minister for the constitution, and was parliamentary private secretary to former chancellor George Osborne.

His appointment as minister for universities and science blindsided many. Indeed, when Playbook contacted one prominent higher education organisation after the appointment, the head of press told us they were “just, er, finding out a bit more”. As was everybody else.

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