Kemi Badenoch, the controversial equalities minister, has been mooted as a future education secretary to replace Gavin Williamson in the long-awaited cabinet reshuffle.
Rumours about the rearrangement of Boris Johnson’s top team have abounded for months, with plans scrapped on several recent occasions. But during the summer recess they have been revived.
A No 10 source said Williamson was widely perceived as “terrible” in the education brief and Badenoch would be a “very good” replacement.
Williamson’s position has always been one of the most precarious, and the fallout from this year’s A-level results, when the gap between private and state school grades grew to the widest in the modern era, has probably been seen by Badenoch’s allies as an ideal point to tout her own credentials.