The Ministerial Portfolio: How the Comeback King triumphed

UK“Lord Mandelson will be representing universities in the Cabinet as the Government prepares to launch its review of top-up fees – but amid speculation that he is now Gordon Brown’s deputy in all but name, higher education may not be his first priority. The ‘comeback king’ of British politics, who has resigned twice from Cabinet posts, was awarded the titles of First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council in last week’s reshuffle, a much-expanded role. Nicknamed ‘The Prince of Darkness’ by satirical magazine Private Eye, he is one of seven unelected peers who are entitled to attend Cabinet …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 11 June]

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