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Michael Gove handed responsibility for ‘United Kingdom governance’ in new role

20 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Michael Gove. Picture by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0).

Michael Gove has been handed responsibility for “United Kingdom governance” in his new role as Secretary of State for Levelling Up following last week’s reshuffle.

The change by Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirms that the new ‘Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ will handle the promotion of and maintenance of the Union.

“The Secretary of State will have responsibility for United Kingdom governance and elections,” Number 10 said.

“He will therefore also take on the additional title of Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, working closely with the Territorial Offices and leading coordination with the devolved administrations on the Prime Minister’s behalf.”

Michael Gove had been fulfilling a similar role of chairing meetings involving the Welsh and Scottish First Ministers in his previous role as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, to the extent that he had been called the de facto First Minister of England.

The new role comes despite the Independent’s unearthed recording revealed last week in which Michael Gove appeared to say that the south of England was favoured by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government of the day over the north.

“We are at last experiencing a new empire, an empire where the happy South stamps over the cruel, dirty toothless face of the northerner,” he said.

‘Build back better’

Michael Gove said that he was “thrilled” to be asked by the Prime Minister to led the Levelling Up agenda which he called “the defining mission of this Government”.

“With a superb team of ministers and officials in a new department, our relentless focus will be on delivering for those overlooked families and undervalued communities across the United Kingdom,” he said.

“We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Boris Johnson added: “This Government is committed to uniting and levelling up every part of the UK and I am determined that as we build back better from the pandemic we are geared up with the teams and expertise to deliver on that promise.

“Andy is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to raise living standards, spread opportunity, improve our public services and restore people’s sense of pride in their communities. I look forward to working with him, and with my new ministerial team, to deliver the opportunities this country needs.”

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Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
1 month ago

An appointment calculated to win trust in Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

You can’t be serious, the Murdoch man who led this country, thanks to the BBC, into the
moral maze and now sits astride a government without any morals whatsoever !

Grayham Jones
1 month ago

We in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 A
Free wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Harry
Harry
1 month ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Hardly seems fair for you to decide the only result of any election is the one you happen to favour.
Are you a Marxist?

Dafydd Evans
Dafydd Evans
1 month ago

Their decisions and appointments are genuinely wonderful – what can possibly go wrong for the unionists with that highly popular chap leading the charge on behalf of his best pal (not) Johnson?

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

Appointing a man with negative charisma and no discernable talent to a fatuous rôle.
Sound like what we have come to expect from the Boris Junta

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

In 2010 David Cameron gave this moron the task of writing the “UK Bill of Rights”. After two years of snorting coke and chasing sex he submitted the title of his Bill which was rejected immediately by the constitutional lawyers. Two years and he had got as far as a title that was legally flawed then he gave up and went into detox. Repeatedly!

Best to ignore this and not get worked up about it.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

No offence to him, but he looks like Mr. Bean’s dad. He will be no match intellectually for Sturgeon and Drakeford, but he’s got the UK Government on his side; any levelling up will be on his and Johnson’s terms, not theirs.

Morris Dean
Morris Dean
1 month ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

He’s a very clever person but that on its own will be totally insufficient to shift attitudes towards the UK.

However he could conceivably be more strategic about how the UK government and dark money associated with the conservatives is used to beguile our citizens on social media and other platforms.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

He can’t even dance let alone handle the United Kingdom governance role, lol. 🤣

I suggest anyone who sees him dancing like Mr Bean. To stay at the bar, then phone for a taxi.

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro

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