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Toby Young - scrutiny on appointment.

Toby Young - scrutiny on appointment.

Toby Young's reputation as a "controversialist" should have prompted greater scrutiny into his past before he was appointed to England's new university regulator, a probe has said.

Mr Young quit within days over some past "politically incorrect" remarks.

A report by the commissioner for public appointments criticised the Department for Education for failing to delve back far enough into his Twitter account.

Labour said it showed the Tories were failing universities and students.

The columnist was among a group of business executives appointed to the board of the Office for Students (OfS) last month to help lead the government's drive to apply market forces to higher education.

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