Laws to be deputy to Michael Gove?
David Laws delivers a scathing critique of England's education system today, accusing it of failing thousands of pupils by accepting low standards.
In a well-argued piece in The Standard, the fallen Cabinet star says that nine out of ten pupils should be expected, certainly by 2020, to be getting five good GCSEs including maths and English, not 53 per cent.
Hundreds more schools should be classed as "failing" if they are only producing satisfactory rather than good results, he adds. On this, he highlights schools in leafy, middle class areas could do far better.
His views will chime with those of many parents, as well as Education Secretary Michael Gove who is determined to raise standards in schools.
Mr Laws was forced to resign as Chief Secretary to the Treasury over his expenses but no-one doubts his talent.
His decision to speak out in such a forthright manner on schools will fuel speculation that he could be brought back in this field which he knows well having been Liberal Democrat education spokesman.