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Gove: Nicky Morgan 'intelligent, passionate, principled'

Michael Gove has paid tribute to his successor as Education Secretary, describing Nicky Morgan as "one of the most intelligent" people he has worked with in government.

The Education Secretary also told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby his new job as Chief Whip meant he could play a role in ensuring a future Conservative government would be "a genuinely reforming government and also a genuinely socially progressive government".

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  1. Alison Mackenzie, Political Correspondent

Loughborough MP kept tight-lipped on the bus

Nicky Morgan wasn't giving anything away yesterday Credit: PA

On the bus travelling into Westminster with me exactly 24 hours ago was Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan. She was well aware that she was being tipped for promotion in the Cabinet reshuffle but insisted she had not received any telephone call from the Prime Minister.

What a difference a day makes! She now enters the Cabinet as the newly appointed Education Secretary. A big move for the East Midlands MP who had impressed colleagues with her performances at the despatch box as a junior Treasury minister.

Earlier this year she was also made Minister for Women - post she will retain as she takes up her new role.

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Rutland and Melton MP stands down at 'own request'

The MP for Rutland and Melton is standing down at his own request Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

The Rutland & Melton MP Alan Duncan has released a statement to say he is standing down from the government as his own request.

He said: "I have been privileged to spend four years as Minister for International Development, which has been one of the most fulfilling responsibilities I have assumed in my life.

"I am proud to have contributed to Britain's role in the world, but am now looking forward to weighing in behind the government's domestic efforts to restore the UK's economic fortunes."

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