The power behind the Gove: Wife demands 'assurances' from Boris

Written by David Singleton on 29 June 2016 in Diary

Email mistakenly sent out by Michael Gove’s wife appears to show who is boss.

A fascinating email accidentally sent out by Michael Gove’s wife suggests that the justice secretary may not be 100% behind Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership bid.

Sarah Vine’s missive insists that her husband must get clear assurances from Johnson before agreeing to support him.

It was sent to the justice secretary's aides at 7.41am on Tuesday this week. But the email was also accidently sent to a journalist…

It reads: "Very important that we focus on the individual obstacles and thoroughly overcome them before moving to the next. I really think Michael needs to have a Henry or a Beth with him for this morning's crucial meetings.”

Henry Cook, Henry Newman and Beth Armstrong are Gove’s special advisers.

The email to justice secretary's aides goes on: “One simple message you MUST have SPECIFIC assurances from Boris OTHERWISE you cannot guarantee your support.

“The details can be worked out later on, but without that you have no leverage. Crucially the membership will not have the necessary reassurance to back Boris, neither will Dacre / Murdoch, who instinctively dislike Boris but trust your ability enough to support a Boris / Gove ticket.

“Do not concede any ground. Be your stubborn best.”

The email was unveiled to the world in its full glory by The Times editor Frances Elliot.





Picture by: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images.


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