‘Serious failing’: inquiry to scrutinise Toby Young’s OfS appointment


Public appointments commissioner says row that led to Young’s resignation highlights need for greater due diligence

An inquiry has been launched into the “serious failing” of appointing Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students without studying his long history of incendiary comments, the commissioner for public appointments has said.

Peter Riddell revealed that the Office for Students (OfS) interview panel’s report to ministers “made no mention of Mr Young’s history of controversial comments and use of social media”.

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