November 21, 2019

Commons Confidential: Michael Goves sweatless scampers

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Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.

Tory dirty tricks are gathering pace when Jeremy Hunts campaign is claiming Michael Gove is unfit to be prime minister. The weedy Environment Secretary, one of the early front-runners, is accused of only pretending to jog for the cameras when he scuttles out of his £2m west London home in old gym kit. My snout on the Hunt team said the unsporty No 10 wannabe darts around the corner into a nearby park. There he sits on a bench making calls on his mobile for half an hour before bounding back for the benefit of photographers still on the doorstep. Pictures do show Gove usually carries a phone on his scampers and Im informed hes remarkably fresh when returning. Is Goves a spin around the block too far?

Bullingdon Boys are notorious for putting club before country, and prominent Tories are whispering how David Cameron is toying with endorsing worst best friend Boris Johnson for No 10. Any reconciliation would be the most significant since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, seeing that the blond egos Brexit career move ultimately cost Dodgy Dave his premiership. The support would broaden Johnsons appeal and speculation is fuelled by the fact that Camerons tennis partner and oldest political sidekick – Tory peer and former party chair Andrew Feldman – is covertly promoting the incompetent former foreign secretary. If Johnson enters No 10 the Buller could always trash a restaurant in honour of another hooray hooligan reaching the top.

Already back together are John Bercow and Chris Bryant. The schoolmasterly Commons Speaker and his eager potential successor are pals reunited since Bercow privately admitted he was a little grumpy when tearing a strip off Labours Bryant for challenging the chair some moons ago. The Speaker also said Swansea-born Home Counties Tory MP Julian Lewis had corrected him that Bryants Rhondda Read More – Source

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