Schools minister Nick Gibb loses position in reshuffle

Long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb has been removed from his position, in a surprising move in Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle.

This brings an end to his nine-year stint in the Department for Education.

Gibb has had a long and influential career within the Department for Education, serving as Shadow Minister for Schools from 2005 until 2010, and as Minister of State for Schools from then until September 2012, a position he returned to in 2014 and retained.

He had significant influence on education policy, particularly around phonics and children's reading.

Although a long career at the department of education, he was a decisive figure, with some liking his traditional methods, while more progressives did not.

A tweet by Gibb said: "I am sad not to be continuing as Schools Minister. It has been a privilege to play a part in helping improve the life chances of the next generation."