Michael Gove, the previous U.Okay. minister who shepherded Boris Johnson’s “leveling up” venture, has backed Rishi Sunak for the Conservative management.
In an op-ed in the Times, Gove says the bid of Sunak’s rival and the frontrunner, Liz Truss, will not be the “right answer for the world we face.”
Truss’s program “does not address the fundamental problems of potential neglected, productivity suppressed and the vulnerable suffering the most,” Gove says.
Sunak, quite the opposite, “makes the right arguments,” Gove writes.
He defends Sunak’s tax plans — saying that the present tax burden is “a consequence of COVID, not Rishi’s inner preferences.”
“He was always trying to rein in departmental expenditure so we could focus on essentials and cut tax in future. I know, because I was on the receiving end of his meticulous search for savings,” Gove says.
Currently, Sunak is trailing Truss within the polls — POLITICO’s Poll of Polls has Truss at 57 % and Sunak at 31 % amongst Conservative Party members.
Gove describes it as a “bandwagon […] clattering down Whitehall,” including that he believes Conservative members will vote for Sunak.
Gove, who was sacked by Johnson in early July, supported Kemi Badenoch earlier within the management race, however she didn’t make it to the ultimate stage.
Gove guidelines out a return to a ministerial put up. “I do not expect to be in government again.”