Michael Gove has paid a visit to three schools in Portsmouth.
The controversial secretary of state for education was invited to the city by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and prospective conservative candidate for the Portsmouth South seat Flick Drummond.
He visited Arundel Court Primary, King Richard in Paulsgrove and Mayfield in North End.
He said: ‘One of the reasons I came here is because Penny and Flick invited me down to see some of the great work that is going on in Portsmouth schools.
‘I know that in the past Portsmouth schools have faced a really challenging time, but we’ve got a new generation of headteachers who really believe in raising standards.
‘I’ve had some really encouraging conversations today and it reflects the fact that in Penny and Flick you have two people absolutely determined to do everything they can in order to improve opportunities for young people in Portsmouth.’