Tory MPs are calling on the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, to ensure that plans to force all state schools to become academies are not included in next month’s Queen’s speech, following warnings from Conservative whips that they face inevitable defeat in the House of Commons.
With anger over the proposals rising in Tory ranks, Morgan has been asked to appear before the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers before the Queen’s speech on 18 May, with many of the party’s own MPs demanding that she goes back to the drawing board to avoid a parliamentary bloodbath.
With a majority of just 17 in the Commons, Tory whips believe legislation on “forced academisation” would have no chance of passing through parliament unless the policy was watered down and the compulsory element removed.
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