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11th Jun 2017

Twitter reacts as Michael Gove returns as part of Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle

He's 'now in charge of fields of wheat'


Theresa May has had plenty to ponder over the last few days. You might have heard.

After calling a General Election she had absolutely no need to call, she watched the Conservative party lose an overall majority in parliament.

Having so far resisted calls to step down as prime minister, May has responded with a Cabinet reshuffle – details of which began to emerge on Sunday afternoon.

It was the return to frontline politics of one man, however, that caused most surprise. Michael Gove, the former Education and Justice Secretary, has been appointed by May as the Environment Secretary.

Gove, who campaigned for Leave in last summer’s European Referendum, replaces Andrea Leadsom in the role, following her move to the position of leader of the House of Commons.

As you might expect, the news of Gove’s surprise return caused quite a reaction.

Some suggested it was an appointment that showed May’s utter desperation following the events of the last week.

Larry the Cat had his say…

And Tom Wilson used block capitals for the obligatory fields of wheat comment…

Some were doubtful that bringing Gove would help unify the country…

Whereas others had little confidence in the news that he was to be in charge of environmental issues.

And with so many young voters getting behind Jeremy Corbyn last week, Anders here points out that appointing Michael Gove probably won’t do much in the way of bringing them back towards the Tories.