The government faces a struggle to push through its plans to force all schools to become academies, which were announced in the budget.
This story provides great evidence for Unit 1 – internal divisions in the Conservative Party. Tim Loughton is one of the Conservative MPs who has spoken out against it. It also is a good example of the difficulties for the government in trying to push its proposals through Parliament when it has a small majority (Unit 2 – relationship between Parliament and the executive). It looks like Nicky Morgan (Secretary of State for Education) is desperately making concessions and wooing backbenchers to win over enough Conservatives to avoid another U-Turn for the government (after the one on disability benefits).