Only a week after being appointed to replace Estelle Morris as Secretary of State for Education & Skills, Charles Clarke has announced the postponement of the Government?s review of funding for Higher Education in England. It is reported on the BBC News Website that officials from the Department say that Mr. Clarke wishes to put the review on ?his own timescale? and he commented that he wishes ?to engage fully in this key policy issue?.
After the resignation of Ms Morris last Thursday, speculation mounted as to whom would replace her as Secretary of State. Some students? representatives told Live! at the time that they did not expect the Minister of State for Higher Education & Life-long Learning (HELL), Margaret Hodge to be promoted. One senior student representative in London commented on the news of Ms Morris? resignation that ?at least she [Ms Morris] is a decent human being, unlike Hodge [?]?.
Mr Clarke, a former president of the National Union of Students (1975-77), is elected as Member of Parliament for Norwich South and before his recent appointment was Chairman of the Labour Party. A full biography is online . Before entering Parliament, Mr Clarke was an adviser to and research for Neil Kinnock, former Labour Leader (1983-1992).