Toby Young resigns from university regulator

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Toby Young has resigned from the board of trustees of the a new university regulator after denunciation over contentious comments.

Writing for the Spectator, Mr Young said his appointment had “become a distraction” from the “vital work” of the Office for Students.

The right-wing columnist unreservedly apologised for past observations he said were “ill-judged or just plain wrong”.

The OfS chairman said Mr Young was “right” to quit and his observes were “not in line” with the body’s values.

Sir Michael Barber said he had done some “good work” in education and to promote greater social mobility.