Stoke-on-Trent MP Jonathan Gullis appointed as Department of Education minister – Stoke-on-Trent Live

Former teacher Mr Gullis has previously spoken in support of opening more grammar schools in poorer areas
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Stoke-on-Trent MP Jonathan Gullis has been made a minister at the Department for Education. Former teacher Mr Gullis, who represents Stoke-on-Trent North, was appointed by new Prime Minister Liz Truss as a (DfE) parliamentary under secretary.
The news comes after Tory Mr Gullis, who was a secondary school teacher for eight years before getting elected to Parliament in 2019, led a campaign to lift the ban on opening new grammar schools. He has also served on the education select committee.
However, his comments on education have not been without controversy after he previously claimed 'woke warrior teachers' were pushing 'extremist nonsense' onto pupils – and suggested they wanted to 'cancel important historical figures such as Sir Winston Churchill'.
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The department is now close to a full tram under the new education secretary Kit Malthouse.
Last week Mr Gullis was reprimanded by House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle during Liz Truss' first Prime Minister's Questions. He was told to 'show better behaviour' by Mr Hoyle, after he continued to speak loudly from the back benches as the new PM was answering a question.
Mr Hoyle interrupted Ms Truss' answer to tell Mr Gullis that he was getting 'very carried away'. It came as Ms Truss was responding to a question from Welsh Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones, who had asked the PM to call an immediate general election. Ms Truss had started to refer to energy prices and the war in Ukraine before she was interrupted by the Speaker.
Mr Hoyle said: "One of the members for Stoke is getting very carried away. And I know as a former teacher he'll want to show better behaviour than he's showing at the moment."
This is not the first time that Mr Gullis has been told off by the Speaker. In February, Mr Hoyle told the MP that he would 'ring his mother' if he did not calm down.
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