Michael Gove has shocked precisely no-one by announcing he will stay on as Environment Secretary. A source told the BBC he was staying on to ensure the “best deal for the country”.
Gove infamously sabotaged Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign during the election which eventually saw Theresa May installed as Conservative leader.
In other developments this morning:
– Penny Mordaunt has refused to be drawn on whether she supports the Prime Minister. Mordaunt, who was one of the four people Jacbo Rees-Mogg named as a potential successor to Theresa May also received backing this morning from a Royal Navy Admiral.
– May ran the gauntlet of angry voters this morning on a LBC phone-in. She dampened down expectations of MPs being allowed a key vote, a key demand being made by Penny Mordaunt saying that the Cabinet has “collective responsibility”.
– The number of publicly declared letters of no confidence submitted to the Chair of the 1922 Committee currently stands at 20. This leaves the rebels 28 letters short of the required 48 though this is only based on public declarations meaning speculation is rife that the actual number submitted is much higher.