From dancing to party politics: Michael Gove chats with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis in Number 10 garden after raving at Aberdeen nightclub
- Michael Gove, 54, was seen talking to Brandon Lewis in the side garden of No10
- It comes after the newly single Tory was filmed dancing at a club in Aberdeen
- Mr Gove was back in his home town after announcing split from wife Sarah Vine
Cabinet minister Michael Gove was today seen getting back to some real party politics after his bank holiday blowout in Scotland.
The Tory MP was seen speaking with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis in the side garden of Number 10 today.
It comes after the usually reserved politician, 54, was seen partying away in Aberdeen in videos posted on social media over the weekend.
The MP, who recently announced his split from Daily Mail columnist wife Sarah Vine, was seen throwing shapes after visiting an O’Neill’s pub in the Granite City – where he is originally from.
He later went upstairs to Bohemia nightclub where he was filmed dancing to techno, after allegedly trying to swerve the £5 entry fee by telling door staff he was the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove was seen getting back to business after his bank holiday blowout in Scotland. The Tory minister was seen talking with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis in the side garden of Number 10 today
Having it large: The usually reserved politician, 54, was seen partying away in Aberdeen in videos posted over the weekend
The MP, who recently announced his split from Daily Mail columnist wife Sarah Vine, was seen throwing shapes on the dancefloor of an O’Neill’s pub in the Scottish city
Musician Emma Lament, who posted the videos to Instagram on Sunday, wrote in the captions that newly-single Gove was ‘giving it big licks’ as he bopped to techno music.
In the videos, Gove, dressed in a suit with no tie, can be seen jumping, two-stepping and waving his arms around to the music.
‘Is this real?’ one partygoer can be heard yelling over the music.
The senior Tory MP reportedly turned up to O’Neill’s pub alone and was quickly adopted by local punters who urged him to join them in the club upstairs after last orders were called.
Gove then went upstairs to party for a dance night run by Pipe, which is described as ‘an unpredictable mix of the most high energy UK and global club music scenes’.
An Aberdeen native, Gove appeared to be enjoying a night on the tiles in his hometown following news last month that he and his wife of 20 years, Ms Vine, are to divorce.
The usually reserved minister, 54, was filmed throwing shapes on the dance floor at Bohemia in Aberdeen, pausing only to shake hands with fellow partygoers
He posed for pictures with several punters throughout the night and was still there at 2.30am, according to Lament.
She told The Daily Record that Gove had appeared at O’Neill’s around 1.15am just as the pub was closing and appeared to be by himself.
‘The Tories aren’t too popular in Scotland but people were generally quite nice to him,’ she said, adding: ‘It’s fair to say he’d had a good few shandies when he arrived at O’Neill’s.’
Once in the club, Gove appeared to be in his element, bopping along to the music and being treated to drinks by clubbers.
‘He really was enjoying himself, I don’t think he left the dance floor the whole time I was there,’ Lament said.
‘People were buying him drinks but were also joking that he should be getting the rounds after he racked up £100,000 in expenses last year.
Lament told The Daily Record that she was happy to see an MP backing Scotland’s nightlife, which has recently reopened after an extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘This was the last thing I expected to see on a Saturday night in Aberdeen.’
Pipe boss Adam Taylor claimed Gove tried to avoid the club night’s £5 entry fee.
‘I was welcoming people at the door of O’Neill’s for the launch of Pipe, our new club night and art organisation, when Michael Gove, who had been drinking downstairs tried to walk past me upstairs without paying the entry fee,’ Taylor told The Daily Record.
‘He was saying he shouldn’t have to pay because he is the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.’
An Aberdeen native, Gove appeared to be enjoying a night on the tiles in his hometown following news last month that he and his wife of 20 years, columnist Sarah Vine, are to divorce
‘Feeling like it was a losing battle as he was already halfway up the stairs I asked him if he liked dance music.
‘I told him that my co-manager, Nina Stanger, was upstairs playing Jungle and going hard.
‘Michael said “I LOVE dancing” and did he ever,’ Taylor said.
Gove’s enthusiasm was also picked up by Saturday night’s DJs who name-checked the MP in a statement thanking clubbers for coming out.
‘Thanks to all the amazing people, and Michael Gove, who made it out for the first Pipe last night.
‘We had a great time going in for four hours straight. Definitely blew some cobwebs away.’
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