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CABINET EXITS COME AS NO SURPRISE

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John Patten's exit as education secretary came as no surprise in Westminster, according to the Financial Times (p9)...
John Patten's exit as education secretary came as no surprise in Westminster, according to the Financial Times (p9).

He had presided over sweeping U-turns in the government's education policy and had worse union relations than any other minister. During his term the number of school opt outs from local education authorities has fallen to a trickle.

He wrote a terse letter of resignation to Prime Minister John Major.

John MacGregor had been criticised by some Tory MPs for an uninspiring performance in his post as transport secretary. He pushed the railway privatisation bill through in the face of strong opposition. It seems he stepped down voluntarily and is expected to take job in the City.
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