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A union campaign, a former minister’s plan and a departing director’s strong words on race

Over the weekend, education secretary Gavin Williamson took pelters in the media. He has been roundly criticised for the UK’s chaotic response to the reopening of educational settings.

Tim Shipman’s Inside Number 10 column in The Sunday Times quotes a fellow cabinet minister as saying: “There comes a moment when you realise he has the looks and mannerisms of Frank Spencer, and once you realise that, you can never un-see it.” It is one thing to lose the trust of colleagues, it is quite another to be openly mocked.

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