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Young resigns (again) citing media focus as ‘distraction’

TOBY YOUNG has resigned as the head of a charity advocating the government’s disastrous free schools policy.

The New Schools Network said yesterday that the right-wing journalist had quit because the role had brought unwelcome publicity.

“Toby has concluded that the media attention [on] his continuing presence at the helm of NSN is attracting has become a distraction from the vital work it is doing and, for that reason, he has decided to step down,” the statement said.

Mr Young is a sexist right-wing ideologue, whose years of making misogynistic comments sparked a storm of condemnation in January after the Tories picked him for a top job at a new universities regulator.

He was forced to resign from the board of the Office for Students after a petition demanding his sacking gathered about 220,000 signatures.

The New Schools Network, which is funded by the government, will is due to announce Mr Young’s successor shortly.

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