Theresa May 'prepared to offer Gove a senior Cabinet role'

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10th July 2016

Theresa May is prepared to give Michael Gove a top job in her Cabinet if she wins the Tory leadership contest, according to reports.

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The Home Secretary is apparently considering giving her own current role of Home Secretary to Mr Gove, who dropped out of the race on Thursday after coming third in a vote of Tory MPs.

The Sun on Sunday reports that Ms May is keen to put together a unity Cabinet, with leading lights from the Brexit campaign given prominent roles.

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She has already made clear her intention to put in place a ‘ministry for Brexit’ with a Leave campaigner tasked with leading the negotiations for exiting the EU.

“She is prepared to let bygones be bygones, draw a line under the past few months and move on,” a source told the tabloid.

“Her main concern will be to do what is best for the party – and, above all, the country – and that will mean using the best and brightest people working together.”

Writing in the same paper, the Home Secretary made clear her commitment to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, saying that life outside the bloc could present “great opportunities” for the UK.

“The Government will be able to do more to control immigration to Britain from other European countries,” she writes.

“We will be able to negotiate our own trade deals with countries outside Europe. And we’ll be able to do lots of common-sense things, like cut back on red tape and let local councils buy British.

“So we have to seize the chance to get out into the world and help British firms to do business all around the globe.”