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  • 9 June 2014, 15:10

May: 'I Did Not Authorise Gove Letter Leak'

The Home Secretary has said "did not know" about the release of the letter she wrote to Michael Gove about Islamist extremism in schools.

Theresa May has told MPs she was in the dark about the publication of a letter she had written to the Education Secretary on the Home Office website overnight on Tuesday.

In the letter she questioned why the Department of Education did nothing about allegations of Islamist infiltration in Birmingham schools when the claims were raised with them in 2010.

The leak of the letter - a link in a tweet put out on the official Home Office Twitter account - was seen as a response to a newspaper article in The Times, which suggested Mr Gove thought the Home Office had failed to properly deal with extremism.

The spat between the two senior ministers overshadowed the Queen's Speech on Wednesday and angered David Cameron, who ordered an inquiry to find out "who had said what to whom".

On Saturday, Mr Gove was made to apologise and Mrs May's aide, Fiona Cunningham, who briefed newspapers in response to the story about the Education Secretary's views, was forced to resign.

Her comments, reported as a Home Office source, were reported as: "Why is the DfE wanting to blame other people for information they had in 2010? Lord knows what more they have overlooked on the subject of the protection of kids in state schools? It scares me."

Speaking on Monday, a Downing Street spokesman said: "The Home Secretary did not know about the publication of correspondence with Michael Gove on a Government website late last Tuesday."

Mr Gove is expected to give a further statement on the matter to the House of Commons later on Monday.

The two Cabinet colleagues issued three statements last Wednesday insisting they were "working well together" in an attempt to limit the damage to the Government over the affair.

Labour said the Government should be focused on dealing with the problems in Birmingham, rather than infighting.

 

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