Nadine Dorries stuns BBC panel with Michael Gove attack after London mobbing

Nadine Dorries stunned Laura Kuenssberg and her panel this morning after she suggested Michael Gove was “drunk” when he was mobbed by a crowd of protesters yesterday.

Disturbing scenes at Victoria Station in central London yesterday showed Mr Gove being surrounded by protesters, some of whom were carrying Palestinian flags.

The Levelling Up Secretary had to be escorted by police officers out of fear for his safety and was later bundled into a police car to escape.

Following the incident yesterday, Mr Gove tweeted: “I’m very grateful for so many kind messages in the last 24 hours. I’d like to thank the police for their exemplary work getting me home safely yesterday.”

However, Ms Dorries has questioned whether Michael Gove was deliberately “playing to the gallery” by venturing to the busy London station during yesterday’s march.

She said a high-profile politician appearing in public yesterday was obviously a risk, adding that any “sensible politician” wouldn’t have wanted to make the job any harder for police.

During her appearance on BBC One’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, the former Culture Secretary said: “What was Michael Gove doing in the middle of Victoria Station on a day when any other sentient politician did not want to make the police’s job any harder?

“Was he drunk? What was he doing there?”

When Ms Kuenssberg asked if Ms Dorries thought he was drunk, she responded: “Well no, to coin a phrase.

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“But why was he there? What was what judgment made him walk through Victoria Station? Was that playing to the gallery?”

Hitting back at Ms Dorries, a source close to Mr Gove told HuffPost UK: “It’s sad really, but she has a book to sell.”

The two have long been political rivals, which has been further exposed in Ms Dorries’ new book The Plot: The Political Assassination of Boris Johnson.

In the book, the former Culture Secretary accuses Mr Gove of being part of a secretive group called ‘the movement’ that orchestrated the PM’s departure.

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Mr Gove’s allies have also dismissed this, describing Ms Dorries as a “fiction author”.

Meanwhile, politicians from across parties condemned the footage of Mr Gove being mobbed yesterday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said attempts to intimidate politicians was “unacceptable”.

SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn said: “It’s not ‘bizarre’ for Michael Gove to use a major tube/train station. He should be able to travel in peace like everyone else.

“Those acting in this fashion damage their cause and, along with those displaying abhorrent antisemitism amongst the rally today, must be condemned.”

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