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Ofsted's Baroness Morgan: Non-Conservatives 'not being reappointed'

1 February 2014 Last updated at 09:56 GMT

The outgoing chair of the schools inspectorate Ofsted has told the BBC she believes she is the victim of a "determined effort from Number Ten" to get rid of non-Conservative supporters from public bodies.

Baroness Sally Morgan has not had her term as chair of Ofsted renewed and will step down in the autumn when a successor takes over.

She told the Today programme: "I don't think it's about a falling out between us," referring to the Education Secretary Michael Gove.

She said they had a "strong and co-operative relationship".

But she blamed the prime minister and people around him in Downing Street, adding: "I really do think that it's just I am the latest of a fairly long list of people now who are non-Conservative supporters who are not being re-appointed."

Sally Morgan, formerly a close aide to Tony Blair, was appointed by the coalition in 2010 to a three-year term as head of the education inspectorate for England.

"I think there's a pattern... it's extremely worrying," she added.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has not commented on allegations she was dismissed but praised her contribution.

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