Michael Gove Education Committee

Michael Gove unexpectedly threw his hat in the ring today – squarely stabbing Boris Johnson in the back.

The key line:

But I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.

Ouch!

Andrea Leadsom also declared she was going to run today.

More interestingly, Gove had earlier been signed up as Boris Johnson’s campaign manager.

That all changes now.

Here’s the full letter announcing his run for leadership

The British people voted for change last Thursday. They sent us a clear instruction that they want Britain to leave the European Union and end the supremacy of EU law. They told us to restore democratic control of immigration policy and to spend their money on national priorities such as health, education and science instead of giving it to Brussels. They rejected politics as usual and government as usual. They want and need a new approach to running this country.

There are huge challenges ahead for this country but also huge opportunities. We can make this country stronger and fairer. We have a unique chance to heal divisions, give everyone a stake in the future and set an example as the most creative, innovative and progressive country in the world.

If we are to make the most of the opportunities ahead we need a bold break with the past.

I have repeatedly said that I do not want to be Prime Minister. That has always been my view. But events since last Thursday have weighed heavily with me.

I respect and admire all the candidates running for the leadership. In particular, I wanted to help build a team behind Boris Johnson so that a politician who argued for leaving the European Union could lead us to a better future.

But I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.

I have, therefore, decided to put my name forward for the leadership. I want there to be an open and positive debate about the path the country will now take. Whatever the verdict of that debate I will respect it. In the next few days I will lay out my plan for the United Kingdom which I hope can provide unity and change.

 

Gove was unconditionally against running just a couple of weeks aho

 

  1. God this country is in a mess. Chaos in the opposition party, leaderless in the governing party, and the team that campaigned to take the UK out of the EU in disarray. How on earth can any right minded person in the UK have any faith in any of the key politicians involved in this. All of this with Farage keeping a low profile in the wings just waiting for the right moment pounce and start spouting his vile view of how the world should look. Start praying folks.

  2. I think Johnson and Gove should have been told to sort out the mess they created with nutty Nigel before the leadership election. That way we could have a general election when everything has already gone completely ‘tits up’ and the whole world can see the madness their lies unleashed.

  3. Does anyone actually believe a word that this man says. “We can make this country stronger and fairer”, the only thing he wants is to be rid of the EU Directives and laws that protect the average person. The “fairness” he is looking for is for the wealthy so they can make more money.

    What a mess we’ve got our selves into, half the out voters want to block 100% immigration and kick all non Brits out, and going by some of the reports I’ve seen, they even mean second generation migrants. i.e. the wave of post war Italians and Pole, and of course Muslims etc. It makes me sick, that our country has degraded to this state. The other half wanted to give Cameron a bloody nose, because they blame him for the mess Gordon Brown created. Well, the first lot ain’t going to get what they want, as even Gove (the twat) will need to allow the same amount og migrant workers in. The second lot, well, they may well get a government who will swing further to the right under Gove than Thatcher.

  4. I think that all of the MP’s should vote against coming out as it was sold to the British public based on lies and deception

  5. Jane Campbell says:

    Hey Ian I don’t think it is possible to sort out the mess they made. I wouldn’t trust them near it with a 20 ft barge pole, the mess would just get worse.

  6. Terry Creedy says:

    This guy rode on the surf of lies, he can’t be trusted and Jeremy Corbyn performs like a steam train in comparison, why would anybody want this over hydrated cos lettuce to lead them? It’s laughable.

  7. Gove stabbed education in the back and created a mess……Prime minister…I don’t think so…….

  8. Does anyone actually believe a word that this man says? “We can make this country stronger and fairer”, the only thing he wants is to be rid of the EU Directives and laws that protect the average person. The “fairness” he is looking for is for the wealthy so they can make more money.

    What a mess we’ve got ourselves into, half the out voters want to block 100% immigration and kick all non Brits out, and going by some of the reports I’ve seen, they even mean second generation migrants. i.e. the wave of post war Italians and Pole, and of course Muslims etc. It makes me sick, that our country has degraded to this state. The other half wanted to give Cameron a bloody nose, because they blame him for the mess Gordon Brown created. Well, the first lot ain’t going to get what they want, as even Gove will need to allow the same amount of migrant workers in. The second lot, well, they may well get a government who will swing further to the right under Gove than Thatcher. A nightmare!

  9. Ted Tench – We already have that and his name is David Cameron. Cameron managed to screw the whole thing up for the sake of trying to win back UKIP voters. At least Neville Chamberlain had in mind the prevention of a repeat of WW1. Cameron is the worst PM in living memory: poverty up, child poverty up, homelessness up, inequality up, suicides up, a sustained attack on the disabled and those with mental health issues (not just financial but also scapegoating), cognitive dissonance regarding the effects of savage cuts (particularly at the DWP), ensuring the bottom 10% carry the burden of the ‘shared’ policy of austerity, selling off national assets generations in the making and so on …..

  10. Ian how did gove and Johnson create the mess?……. It was Cameron that called for the referendum (the government )…… It was the government that should have and dont have a “plan”…… If gove and Johnson had a plan what were they susposed to do with it????…….they are not in power!!!!!…… So you may not like the out come, it was a simple in/ out vote, you do your homework and make your mark…….

  11. Please, please – give us someone we can trust. There must be someone hiding in the wings who is not so totally corrupted and out for their chance of power for power’s sake? Not Gove

  12. I, Dutch being married to a Brit, am watching this from outside. In amazement. I am not surprised politicians lied, but to this extent? So shamelessly? And irresponsibly? Brexit, and no plans on how to get on with it? Leave the country in a mess, with totally untrustworthy and irresponsible politicians in charge. Like Mr. Farage, who just accepted his salary for the EU without even bothering to attend any meetings. And no one told this to the people?
    I very sincerely hope that Brexit will not happen. The whole procedure of leaving is far too complicated for these people. And they will not be able to negiotiate contracts as Cameron suggested, because they have shown to be untrustworthy. How very very sad….

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