Grant Shapps MP, Conservative Party Chairman and minister without portfolio, has revealed that the government is holding its cabinet meeting today at the John Cabot Academy in east Bristol. The above photo was tweeted by him earlier this morning.
The habit of holding Cabinet meetings in the regions, away from Westminster, has been a feature of the coalition government since 2010.
Left to right are (I think) Maria Miller (Culture, Media and Sport), Justine Greening (International Development), Vince Cable (Business and Skills). I can't make out the next guy (sorry!) before getting to the Prime Minister. I think that's Philip Hammond (Defence) to the left of the PM. Any suggestions for the rest?
The Prime Minister, after the meeting had adjourned, announced that his government intends to ensure that a further 400 struggling state primary schools become academies by the end of 2013 This policy of creating so-called "forced academies" has been criticised in some quarters. Paradoxically, it may actually work against the principle of parent choice, which the academy model is supposedly based upon, with several parent groups at such schools now actively protesting and taking legal action to ensure that their children's school remains under local authority control.
I hope the pupils at Cabot are behaving well for the government.
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