Michael Gove Denies Fresh Allegations Of ‘Treachery’ Against Boris Johnson Following Failed Leadership Bid

Speaking about how he felt after he heard that Johnson had ruled himself out of the leadership race, his former ally said he was “surprised”.

Gove continued: “I think there were a number of factors at work there but it was certainly the case that my decision not to support Boris at the end but to run myself, that obviously changed the dynamic of the leadership election and then at the end of that process, we found that Boris was foreign secretary and I was on the back benches, but now that I am on the back benches I have an opportunity to contribute to a debate about how Britain can shape its future in the European Union.”

Gove rejected the accusation that there was a certain degree of “treachery” around the circumstances leading up to Johnson’s announcement that he would not be standing for the Conservative leadership. 

Earlier this week, Gove denied stabbing Johnson in the back by making a last minute bid to become Tory leader after David Cameron stepped down.

He told Radio 4’s World At One programme on Tuesday that his actions following the referendum campaign were not treacherous.

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