Furious teacher brands Michael Gove a 'demented Dalek on speed' as NUT threaten more strikes

The embattled Education Secretary is compared to the most famous monster in time and space during the teachers' union conference

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A furious teacher has branded Michael Gove a “demented Dalek on speed” during a series of scathing attacks against the Education Secretary at the teachers’ union conference.

Mr Gove was likened to the Doctor Who monster, known as the most hated adversary in all of time and space, as teachers threatened a major escalation of strike action at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Brighton on Saturday.

A member of the teachers’ union insisted that the Education Secretary was determined to “exterminate anything good in education that’s come along since the 1950s”.   

Ian Murch launched a scathing attack against Mr Gove, and described the embattled minister as a “parody of an Education Secretary” with a “mad idea for every occasion”

He led calls for a replacement who “believes in treating teachers properly and respecting their professionalism”.

"We are here to do the public a favour, to make sure Michael Gove's days are numbered. Michael Gove you have to go,” he added.

The attack on Mr Gove comes amid threats of further industrial action by the NUT. The strikes have previously been criticised by the Department for Education for disrupting families and preventing children’s education.

During her speech at the weekend conference, the NUT president Max Hyde said: “We cannot stand by when teachers' pay is eroded, our pensions attacked and our workload is unsustainable. We are the union and we will act."

A DfE spokeswoman said: "Ministers have met frequently with the NUT and other unions and will continue to do so. Further strike action will only disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.