Tim Loughton restores the Queen's portrait at the Department for Education
By Paul Goodman
Jonathan reported recently that at the insistence of Eric Pickles a portrait of the Queen has been installed at the DCLG.
I can now report similar good news from the Department for Education.
Tim Loughton, the Education Minister, spotted recently that it displayed no picture of the Queen. Having made a few enquiries, he discovered that one had once been in place - but was removed roughly seven years ago (under a Labour Government, needless to say).
It was removed at the instigation of a civil servant, I gather. History records that from 24 October 2002 to 15 December 2004 the Education Secretary was Charles Clarke. His predecessor was Estelle Morris; his successor Ruth Kelly.
At any rate, a decision has been taken to restore the portrait and an unveiling is "imminent". The cost of the move is apparently a princely £199.