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Minister in exams rap.

EDUCATION Secretary Estelle Morris today stood accused of interfering in the independent inquiry into the A-level grades fiasco.

Sir William Stubbs, chairman of exam watchdog the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, said Ms Morris had pre-empted the judgment of Mike Tomlinson, who is heading the probe into the grade-fixing allegations.

But Ms Morris denied the claim, saying her department was simply considering contingency plans.

Senior officials said it would be ``negligent'' if she did not do this Both the Tories and Liberal Democrats called for her resignation if the allegations are found to be true.

Shadow Education Secretary Damian Green said: ``Ministers are more concerned with saving their own skins than solving the exam crisis.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2002
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