Clubbing minister Michael Gove enters Tory conference stage to Abba

‘Bright lights, enthusiastic young people. It reminds me of my last night out on the town!’: Michael Gove bursts on to Tory conference stage to the sound of Abba’s Dancing Queen – before immediately making gag about THAT night out in an Aberdeen club

  • Gove came on stage to Abba’s Dancing Queen at Tory Conference in Manchester
  • Came weeks after being spotted throwing shapes at an Aberdeen nightspot
  • Said today: ‘Dance like nobody’s watching they say … but they were watching!’

Michael Gove likened the Tory conference to a nightclub today as he revelled in his middle-aged dad dancing exploits in front of the party faithful.

The Levelling Up Secretary, 54, came on stage to Abba’s Dancing Queen in Manchester, weeks after being spotted throwing shapes at an Aberdeen nightspot.

And he immediately set about owning his new found notoriety, telling the audience: ‘Here we are – bright lights – great atmosphere – enthusiastic young people. It reminds me of my last night out on the town Aberdeen.

‘Dance like nobody’s watching they say, well I did, but they were watching!’

Mr Gove was seen partying away in Aberdeen –  his home city – in videos posted on social media over the August bank holiday weekend.

He also insisted levelling up is not a ‘left-wing idea’ and is about helping people ‘live their best life’. 

The Levelling Up Secretary, 54, came on stage to Abba’s Dancing Queen in Manchester, weeks after being spotted throwing shapes at an Aberdeen nightspot.

Mr Gove was seen partying away in Aberdeen – his home city – in videos posted on social media over the August bank holiday weekend.

Rishi Sunak today laid out his ‘New Tory’ vision slamming Labour’s obsession with state handouts – but defending brutal tax hikes saying it would be ‘immoral’ to let the government’s finances spiral out of control after Covid.

In his first big speech to the Tory conference – watched by Boris Johnson – the Chancellor gave an impassioned justification of his approach to ‘building back better’ as the UK recovers.

He insisted it would be fundamentally ‘un-Conservative’ to ignore the huge damage to the government’s books inflicted by the pandemic, pointing out more revenue is needed to bolster the NHS and social care.

But he tried to quell rising anxiety about imposing the highest sustained tax burden on the economy by vowing that taxes will be slashed again once the crisis is past.

Mr Sunak also stood by the decision to axe the £20 a week uplift to universal credit, setting a stark dividing line with Labour by warning that making life better for ‘ambitious’ but struggling families cannot be just about ‘increasing their benefits’.

He said that taking a ‘pragmatic’ stance would make the Tories the party of the ‘public sector and the private sector’.

The set-piece in Manchester confirmed Mr Sunak’s status as the natural successor to Mr Johnson, with activists forming huge queues to squeeze into the hall.

However, he paid a fulsome tribute to the PM saying it was down to him that the Tories were in power with an 80-strong majority.

He also set out his own vision on what the party should stand for, arguing that it must abandon ‘dogma’ to protect future generations from the impact of the pandemic. 

The Surrey Heath 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 in August.

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 –  a claim he later denied.

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.

In his speech the former Tory leadership contender also had a pop at Labour leader Keir Starmer for talking for almost 90 minutes at Labour’s conference last week in Brighton. 

After referencing his dancing exploits he told the conference audience:  ‘I know many people have recently been asking why a middle aged man spent more than an hour,  non-stop, unleashing a series of wildly un-coordinated gestures in front of a bewildered audience, who were left wondering if this was some sort of bizarre attempt to go back to the 80s.

‘But enough of Keir Starmer’s conference speech.’

The Communities Secretary highlighted the work of former Tory prime ministers Benjamin Disraeli and Margaret Thatcher, before telling the party’s conference: ‘Never let anyone claim that levelling up and wanting all our children to grow tall is a left-wing idea.

‘The left want to keep people in their place so that minorities can be patronised, the country can be polarised and ambition is paralysed.

‘We want everyone to have the chance to choose their own future, to own their own home, to walk the streets in safety and to live their best life.’

He attempted to explain the Tories’ levelling-up slogan by stating it means four things.

He told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester: ‘We want to strengthen local leadership to drive real change.

‘We will raise living standards, especially where they are lower.

‘We will improve public services, especially where they are weaker.

‘And we will give people the resources necessary to enhance the pride they feel in the place they live.

‘And if you want to see all four in action and see levelling up in reality come to Teesside.’ 

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