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Gove 'raided £400m to fill department's black hole'

Education Secretary Michael Gove has been accused of siphoning off £400 million from a fund that gurantees school places to help fill a 'black hole' in the department's finances.

Michael Gove has been accused of being a zealot for moving the funds to fill a black hole Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A senior government source called Mr Gove a "zealot... so ideologically obsessed with his free school experiment [that] he's willing to see children struggle to get suitable school places", according to the Guardian.

Senior Liberal Democrats confirmed the claims that £400m had been redirected from the Basic Need fund last December, said the Guardian.