Whilst the sacking of Suella Braverman and the appointment of David Cameron made yesterday’s headlines, it was also announced that ex-Lytham King Edward VII student Steve Barclay MP has lost his position as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to Victoria Atkins – a former pupil of Blackpool Arnold School, a co-educational independent school in Blackpool.
These two schools, King Edward VII School and Arnold School, no longer exist as they, alongside Queen Mary School for Girls, amalgamated to form AKS Lytham, a co-educational independent school on Clifton Drive South, in 2012.
Meanwhile, MP Barclay is now Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, taking over from Thérèse Coffey who resigned from the post. MP Coffey has been blamed for ineffective leadership in preventing sewage dumps during her watch. For example, The Independent noted, ‘The Tories’ failure to tackle raw sewage dumping has been laid bare by figures showing Therese Coffey had almost 1,000 spills in her own constituency last year alone.’ The Evening Standard said that Coffey faced calls for her resignation after new statistics showed more than 300,000 sewage spills in 2022. Will Lytham St. Anne’s born Steve Barclay fare any better?