Two ministers at the centre of a possible coup attempt to remove Theresa May and replace her as a "caretaker" leader publicly declared their loyalty to the prime minister on Sunday. Remain Cabinet ministers including Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke were said to be supportive of a bid to install David Lidington, the Prime Minister's de facto deputy, in her place. However, other Cabinet ministers backed appointing Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, as a caretaker prime minister amid concerns about Mr Lidington's pro-European stance. Under the plans, Mrs May would be expected to resign and Mr Gove and Mr Lidington would act as interim leaders during the Article 50 extension period.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about David Lidington and Michael Gove deny they will replace Theresa May in coup over Brexit
Toby Young 24 March 2019 11:16 AM 24 March 2019 11:16 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp On Friday in the Spectator’s Coffee House podcast I suggested Michael Gove should be installed as a caretaker leader until June. I believe this is our best chance — perhaps our only chance — of honouring the result of the referendum. To be clear, I’m a passionate Brexiter and would like as clean a break with Brussels as possible. I want out of the Customs Union and out of the Single Market. If I was an MP, I’d be a member of the ERG. The disastrous course of the Brexit negotiations has made me more anxious to leave, not less. The fact that so many MPs and senior civil servants have proved unequal to the task of extricating ourselves from the clutches of this supranational octopus shows how infantilized our political class has become as a result of having allowed its sovereignty to ebb away. The process of renewal cannot … [Read more...] about It’s time to send for Michael Gove
MICHAEL Gove is a Tory MP and Cabinet minister who is among the most senior figures in the Conservative party. The long-standing Member of Parliament has served in both David Cameron and Theresa May's Governments — but what do we know about him? Who is Michael Gove? Michael Gove was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and brought up in Aberdeen. He worked as a journalist upon leaving university, writing for local and national newspapers and appearing on radio and TV. He worked at The Times, writing a weekly column for the newspaper. He has a son, William, and daughter, Beatrice. Gove was elected as an MP for Surrey Heath in 2005. He went on to become Secretary of State for Education in 2010, Chief Whip in 2014 and Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice in 2015 before he was dismissed by Theresa May. Following the 2017 General Election he was brought back with his appointment as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. What was his role in Brexit? Michael … [Read more...] about Who is Michael Gove, could he be the next PM to replace Theresa May on the run up to Brexit?
He was famously banished to the backbenchers and told to learn about loyalty by Theresa May, but now Michael Gove could prove to be the Prime Minister’s ‘silent assassin’, according to Tory sources. Following a stellar Commons speech in which he eviscerated Jeremy Corbyn, a different kind of momentum is gathering behind the Environment Secretary as a potential ‘unity’ candidate to succeed Theresa May. According to one Conservative MP, the prominent Brexiteer has overtaken home secretary Sajid Javid as the favourite among the party’s newer intake as leadership contenders this week jostled for position following Mrs May’s controversial request to extend Article 50. “Michael is the name on a lot... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about ‘Silent assassin’ about to strike: Why Michael Gove is tipped to replace Theresa May
Three of the most notable Tory Brexiteers have said things recently that cast light on the extreme challenges facing unionists just now. First, Dan Hannan, as this column noted last week, expressed a fear that the DUP might be more interested in Northern Ireland’s financial situation than in defending its undiluted constitutional position within the Union.Second, the Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, perhaps the most influential Brexiteer of all, told The Guardian he would vote for Mrs May’s Brexit deal if the DUP was satisfied with it. He said: “I am a unionist but it is difficult for me to be more unionist than the DUP and if they are happy with the way of getting out of the backstop and that is good enough for Northern Ireland then I expect it would be good enough for some of us.”And third, Michael Gove MP, the environment secretary, said:“We, in the circumstances that the house voted for no deal, would have to start formal engagement with the Irish government … [Read more...] about Ben Lowry: Michael Gove was once a strong unionist, now he has given succour to Dublin at this critical moment