Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Justice, has unexpectedly announced that he is to stand for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Gove made a speech today setting out the basis for his standing, and also criticising Boris Johnson.
Referring to why he had previously said that he didn’t want the role of Prime Minister, Gove said:
“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”.
Referring to why he didn’t stand alongside Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London, Gove said:
“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”.