“Still trying to figure out what happened. I hope Mr. Gove is well.
Those are the words of BBC presenter Dan Walker, following a bizarre interview with Upgrade Secretary Michael Gove on Wednesday.
The MP for Surrey Heath imitated two different accents, with a hint of sarcasm, as he answered questions about the cost of living crisis.
The peculiar nature of Mr Gove’s performance was such that some people online, including a few MPs, jokingly asked if the minister had been under the influence.
Mr Gove is described by some of his colleagues as an eccentric who can sometimes take an innovative approach when trying to get his point across.
He’s also had a few controversial moments over the years, ranging from admitting to taking cocaine as a young journalist to being filmed alone ‘at a party on the tiles’, raving the night away in Aberdeen.
Take a look back at some of those memorable moments.
Let’s start with Mr Gove’s most recent episode – this interview with the BBC on Wednesday morning.
The upgrade secretary adopted Liverpudlian and American accents at different points during questioning when asked why the government had not included in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday any measures to help families cope with rising bills.
He suggested the lack of an emergency budget to deal with the crisis was “no big deal”, saying people should “calm down” in a Scouse voice.
Labour’s shadow leveling secretary Lisa Nandy lambasted him for ‘making jokes and using silly voices as families across the country struggle’ to make ends meet. “It’s not a game…Take it seriously.” Do your job,” she added.
Admission of cocaine
During the 2019 Conservative Party leadership campaign to replace former Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr Gove admitted to taking cocaine on “a number of occasions” – which he said he “deeply regrets”.
The then environment secretary said he used drugs at social gatherings as a young journalist.
“I took drugs many times at social events over 20 years ago,” he said. The daily mail. “At the time, I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and think, “I wish I hadn’t done that”.
Party the night away in Aberdeen
Hilarious footage showed the moment Mr Gove was spotted dancing at a nightclub in his hometown of Aberdeen.
He was spotted throwing shapes and two-stepping into the early hours at the downtown Pipe nightclub on a Saturday night.
The 54-year-old, who recently divorced his longtime wife Sarah Vine, waved at the camera clearly enjoying Parliament’s summer recess.
Musician Emma Lament, who posted the videos on Instagram, wrote in the captions that the Tory MP was ‘giving her big licks’ on the dance floor.
Michael Gove spotted raving at Aberdeen club
When asked about possible trade deals with the United States at a meeting of the government’s future relations with the EU committee in March 2020, Mr Gove appeared to laugh at his own response, before taking a jug on the desk and put out his own paperwork, and possibly his cell phone in the water.
He finally directed the stream of liquid into a single-use plastic cup in front of him.