Robert Halfon quits as education minister

Robert Halfon, minister for skills, apprenticeships and higher education, has resigned, and will be replaced by Luke Hall.

Halfon also plans to step down as an MP before the general election.

Halfon became skills minister in 2016 but was sacked a year later Theresa May. He became chair of the education select committee, serving for five years, before returning to as an education minister in October 2022.

Halfon's replacement Luke Hall is an MP for Thorbury and Yate. He was minister for regional growth at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from September 2020 until September 2021, and has also served in junior ministerial roles as minister for rough sleeping and housing.  He was a parliamentary private secretary to the ministerial team in the DfE in 2017 and also held the post of Conservative Party deputy chair.

Hall’s full brief and ministerial title is yet to be confirmed by the DfE.