Nicky Morgan: 'very excited' to be new Education Secretary

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan outside 10 Downing Street today Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan says she is "very excited" to be the new Education Secretary as she surprisingly replaces Michael Gove in the Cabinet reshuffle.

The former Treasury minister will add responsibility for equalities to her previous brief as minister for women but will not be responsible for implementing the gay marriage legislation - which she opposed.

Asked whether Mrs Morgan's opposition to gay marriage would affect her handling of equalities issues, the Prime Minister's official spokesman told a Westminster media briefing: "As you will remember, there was a free vote on this issue, but it is now the law of the land."

The Church of England, of which I'm a member, had a very specific view. I had a lot of constituents asking me to vote in a particular way, which I respected and listened to, but I'm absolutely pro same-sex relationships and I have many gay friends. The law is the law and we move forward and respect that. We all need to do that, including the Church.

Chancellor George Osborne has paid tribute to Mrs Morgan on Twitter following her appointment.