Former Tory MP in row over appointment as head of Office for Students


Labour calls appointment of James Wharton ‘another example of cronyism’

The head of the civil service has been urged to investigate the appointment of a former Tory MP and campaign manager for Boris Johnson as head of the Office for Students, with Labour calling the move “another example of cronyism”.

James Wharton, who was an MP from 2010 to 2017 and is now a Conservative peer, was appointed to head the independent regulator of higher education in England despite having no experience of the sector.

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