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Reshuffle appointments, an article by Gillian Keegan and an OfS review

As the fallout from Monday’s ministerial run-around continues, we welcome Saqib Bhatti, one of the Conservative Party’s many vice-chairs, to the rich tapestry of higher education and research. You might not have heard of him, or even his constituency of Meriden, which apparently sits in ‘the rural gap’ between Birmingham and Coventry.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology—at the time of writing—has not yet got round to publishing details of Bhatti’s remit, but we think he is a replacement for Paul Scully, sacked as tech minister on Monday evening. We can tell you, though, that Saqib fought off former Theresa May adviser Nick Timothy to win the right to represent the Conservatives in Meriden in the 2019 election, and that once elected he became private parliamentary secretary to Liz Truss in the Department for International Trade.

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