Vernon Coaker’s principal policy areas are raising school standards, including public examinations and national tests, the National Curriculum, 14-19 education and Diplomas; school funding and capital, including Building Schools for the Future; and schools workforce issues.
Vernon Coaker was appointed Minister of State for Policing, Security and Crime in October 2008. Before taking up his post at the Home Office, he was a Government whip.
Previously, Vernon Coaker was the under-secretary of state in the Home Office. Before this he held the position of Government whip, parliamentary private secretary to Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and was also parliamentary private secretary to Estelle Morris when she was secretary of state for education.
Vernon Coaker has been MP for Gedling in Nottinghamshire since 1997.
Before becoming an MP, he was deputy headteacher at Bigwood School in Nottingham.